Apple’s iPad 3 will reportedly employ a new battery pack supplied by Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp., according to a new report from the Taiwan Economic News.
The iPad 2 was universally praised for its tremendous battery life and now Apple is looking to take things a step further. The battery packs Apple plans to use in the iPad 3 will reportedly be thinner and lighter than the ones currently used on the iPad 2. This, some speculate, may pave the way for a thicker Retina Display which has been rumored to be in the works for some time now. Remember, it was widely believed that Apple was going to release the iPad 3 this fall to further lengthen its lead over its tablet competition, but poor screen yields prompted Apple to push back its original release date.
Aside from being thinner and lighter, these battery packs are said to have a longer service life than what Apple currently uses in the iPad 2.
This battery upgrade, however, does come at a price as they apparently cost anywhere from 20% to 30% more per pack compared to the current iPad 2 battery packs.
Initial reports that Simplo Technology had secured contracts to supply battery packs for the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 first surfaced this past July. Deliveries of the new battery back are tentatively planned for the Q4 of 2011 with production targeted for the first quarter of 2012. As such, we expect the iPad 3 to launch sometime in either March or April of next year.