July 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM ET
We've already heard rumors that Apple is making a slightly upgraded iPad — the iPad 2 Plus — but now there are further reports about the mysterious next generation device. And this time it's being dubbed the "iPad HD."
This Is My Next reports that this new iPad won't simply replace the Apple tablets on the market, but that it will instead co-exist with another model:
Our sources are saying that not only will there be a newly designed iPhone coming in the fall, but there is going to be a new entry into the iPad family as well. As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said tonot be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.
While this rumor might sound a bit outlandish at first glance, it does make quite a bit of sense — especially considering another report which claims that there will soon be two distinct iPhone models. Apple offers high-end and low-end versions of most of its current generation products — except the iPhone and iPad — and is probably eager to make such a pattern apply to all of its product lines. After all, who wouldn't want to appeal to as many potential customers as possible?