The iPad 3 is expected to hit shelves next year. But Apple may also be prepping a smaller-version of its tablet computer.
The iPad 3 is coming, probably, in the first quarter of 2012. That's the consensus in the tech world this week, and although the scuttlebutt is strictly speculative – and although Apple has not yet officially confirmed the existence of its next-generation tablet – there's good reason to believe a new iPad will hit shelves by March.
Now, reports seem to point toward two iPad 3 devices in 2012? According to DigiTimes, a well-sourced Taiwanese newspaper, Apple is prepping a pair of tablets, one with a traditional display, and another with a smaller, 7.85-inch screen. (That's about half the size of today's iPad.) The full-sized iPad 3, DigiTimes reports, will arrive early in 2012, while the second – the smaller version – will arrive by the end of next year.