The latest rumored release date for the iPad 3: early spring, according to “The Wall Street Journal” (

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the situation,” the article says has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch early next year. The iPad 3 is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2. Apple’s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device, says “The Journal.”