DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has canceled their next-generation iPad supply schedule for the latter half of 2011. In short, the new iPad will not be introduced this year, as some have suggested.
The report claims that Apple had been aiming for an “iPad 3″ launch in the second half of this year, with 1.5-2 million units planned for Q3 and 5-6 million planned for Q4. However, poor yield rates for the new, higher-resolution 9.7-inch 2048×1536 “Retina” displays, forced Apple to push back the launch date.
Hopefully we won’t hear any more about a fall release of the iPad. To me, it was clear from the time that the iPad 2 was announced, that we would not see a new iPad in the fall. However, the musings of Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, engrained themselves as fact in the rumor mill, and now we’re still cleaning up the mess.