FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger believes that Apple could be set to release a new iPadto the market just six months after the arrival of the iPad 2.
It’s also noted that Apple will market the new tablet as an “iPad 2 Plus” rather than naming it the iPad 3 as an attempt to avoid backlash from those who only recently shelled out for the last version.
“There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an ‘iPad 2 Plus’ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device,” Berger wrote in a research note.
“We now hear that component makers have received request-for-quotes (RFQs) from Apple for an ‘iPad 2 Plus’, though no production schedule has yet been confirmed with suppliers,” he continued.
The analyst added he sees reason to believe the new iPad may be slated for a late 2011 launch, after the rumoured September release of