This Fall could see the release of a new, high-spec iPad model aimed squarely at the professional market, if claims by This is my next are correct.

In a post on the placeholder site for the former Engadget crew, Joshua Topolsky explains that the team’s sources claim this Fall will bring a new entry into the iPad family, with the new device receiving the ‘iPad HD‘ designation.

But what’s so interesting about this new entry into a fast-growing tablet market? Well, the clue is in the name…

The iPad HD, at least according to This is my next, will sport an impressive screen sporting a massive 2048×1536 resolution which would double that of the current selling model – the iPad 2.

“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 to not be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.”

Reports of a high resolution iPad have been around since before the iPad 2’s announcement, with many thinking that the 2nd generation tablet would sport the super-screen.

Perhaps most interesting is the news that the iPad HD would go on sale alongside the existing iPad 2, with the newer device being aimed at the higher end of the market. Video and image editing are expected to be the main uses for such a device.

No word yet as to whether the iPad HD will come complete with new innards to power that massive resolution, of if the screen will be the only real change.

What do you think? Would you be interested in a Pro model iPad, or is the current iPad 2 enough tablet for you?

  • Ddr

    Don’t you mean iPad 3?

  • Georg W. Bush

    That’s BS, now I have to sell my iPad 2 to get the new one. That sucks knowing that you just purchased an iPad 2 and within a couple of months a newer one will come out with a better screen. WTF!!!

    • Jack

      Uh that’s technology numb nuts. Did you not think that a new one would be released? Stop bitching and be happy with what you have or continue complaining about not having the best possible model of everything.

      • Jack, no need to be rude about it.

      • Jack

        Not being rude. Just realistic. People choose to complain about not having the best, but that’s the way of the world. Technology evolves at an exponential pace, so either wait for a product you will be happy with or shell out the cash for every new revision (and do so without complaining).

    • Daniel

      Like that commercial I saw for a BestBuy buyback program, where this guy gets a laptop, walks out of the store, and sees a billboard that says “Theres a newer one” with a picture of the laptop he bought next to a newer one.

  • brushpicks11

    Hopefully it’s not 500$ cuz then I’ll sell my iPad 2

  • lt916

    Am looking forward to iPad HD!!!!!

  • Mick

    I doubt it anyway, Apple never bring out devices that quickly, they’ll lose so much revenue on already produced iPad 2’s, it doesn’t make fiscal sense and Apple are all about money..I’ll believe it when I see it but seeing as I don’t own an iPad maybe if they did i’d get an iPad 2 super cheap lol

    • I agree, so apple would release another ipad in march?? I dont think so, selling another version this fall would mean more sales of that version and no update in next year which would mean they wont get that big surge in sales for xmas of 2012
      and xmas of 2011 would be focused on ipad HD or whatever… The market is getting very competitive and not playing it strategically can be very expensive

  • Art VanDelay

    I always wonder what happens to iPad apps that are 1024×768 native. Do they just get doubled up and look as bad as iPhone apps do on an iPad?

    • charlie

      that wouldn’t be a good compareison…you would need to look at an iphone 4 running a program that wasn’t optimized for iphone 4. is there much of a difference??

    • charliee

      how does iphone apps that were made for the iphone 3gs look on the iphone 4? that would be the same difference in quality. can anyone comment on it??

  • dfg

    Seems like a waste of screen to me. But good market strat.
    If i wanted to do those stuff i’d get a mackbook pro

  • steve

    This is a great idea, to release a higher-res iPad at higher price point alongside regular iPad. They can’t yet squeeze the higher-res screen into existing $499 price point, so just release a more expensive model. In 1-2 years, the cost of the higher-res screen will be lower and all iPads will get the new screen.

  • urlow

    it’s going to be called the ipad pro, not the ipad hd. macbook – > macbook pro. same thing. Although the macbook pro’s don’t have HD screens so macbook HD doesn’t make sense. But I still think ipad pro is where it’s going.

  • dmh

    the resolution would actually quadruple…

  • ReanimationXP

    @dmh I hate it when people mess that up.. lol. Pixels cannot be ‘doubled’.. they’re 2 dimensional. I also hate that iPad has the iPhone “2x” zoom option.. if 1 pixel is now 4 pixels, it’s 4x !

    @urlow You could not be more correct. So far apple has steered away from the ‘HD’ nomer. I think they will continue and their top tier of products will continue to be known as Pro.

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