Reports are picking up steam that the latest Apple tablet, the iPad 3, is likely to hit stores around the world in the first quarter of 2012. With many people expecting an announcement to come in early January, speculation is already mounting as to what kind of improvements we can expect from the next generation tablet.
One thing that's certainly not in doubt is a substantial increase in display resolution. As technology continues to improve at breakneck page, market research company DisplaySearch is expecting the average pixel per inch figure of portable tablet devices to jump above 200 by mid 2012, reaching as high as 212 by the end of the year.
News first started filtering through that Apple had started production on a brand new QXGA screen for its 9.7" iPad tablet, a screen which offers a resolution of an impressive 2048 x 1536 pixels - double that found in the current iPad 2. With three suppliers all working on churning out as many screens as possible in order to fill the inevitably sky high demand, it looks as though Apple are going all out to impress.
We are likely to see a jump in the resolution of larger screen Android tablets in the near future too, however the improvement isn't quite as impressive as the one Apple look set to make. High end 10.1" Android driven devices are set to offer resolutions as high as 1920 x 1200 in the very near future.