The last time that the upcoming iPad was in the news, it had us convinced that it was coming in 2012. Well, now it turns out that the device might come in Q4 instead of next year. One should remember that the iPad 2 was released merely 3 months ago, so it’s far from an aged product.

A report published by Reuters recently, quoting Taiwanese site Economic Daily says that Apple will be launching the iPad 3 in the fourth quarter of 2011. What’s really important in this report is the fact that the new tablet is supposed to have a very impressive resolution: 5-6 times higher than the one of the second iPad.

Considering that the first iPad and its follow-up both adopt a 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 pixel screen, the new resolution should be around 2400 x 1600 after a quick calculus. If we take into account the pixel density of such a tablet (about 297 PPI), it will still be lower than the one of the iPhone 4, that is 326 PPI.

This means that a Retina Display on the future iPad might solve all problems, but we need to more about the screen involved, before we give a verdict. A camera upgrade is also expected on the iPad 3 as well as an even thinner design.