Apple is said to have ordered a revision of the third-generation iPad to include a larger lens hole and a different battery, to thwart overheating issues.
The information stems from Taiwan’s DigiTimes
, whose track record has been spotty, to say the least. Nonetheless, the site’s sources have also been accurate in the past.
The publication cites
the usual unnamed sources in the supply chain as saying that Apple is carrying out minor revisions to its tablet computer, namely changing the camera lens hole and the battery.
The reason is said to be overheating, though few people have reported this to be a serious issue.
In fact, the whole user base would be up in arms, should the company roll out updated versions, leaving “affected” customers with flawed devices. Had the overheating problem been so serious, a recall would be in order.
The report continues: “The sources said the new iPad's battery is being revised, which will help prevent overheating issues and could possibly make the device slightly lighter and thinner than previously designed.”
In all honesty, Apple would be better off just launching a new iPad altogether. There are certain manufacturing hurdles that come with redesigning the whole chassis. More information would be most welcome, should we consider giving this report any credibility. “Sources also noted that Sharp is preparing two million units for its IGZO panels in July, which is closing in the gap in orders Sharp is receiving compared with leading panel makers Samsung Display and LG Display. The increased shipments show rising demand for the iPad along with preparation for the new revised iPad's release, said sources.”
Again, IGZO technology is grounds for a new-generation device, not a minor update. If history is any indication, Apple will never update an iDevice any less than a new-generation increment.
Finally, the sources reportedly added that “the revised version of the latest iPad would most likely be released around the holiday season.”
To be taken with an ounce of salt, just to stay on the safe side.