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Apple prepping bigger iPhone, thicker iPad?

“It's happening--QXGA, 2048x1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad].” -- An analyst told CNET.

When it comes to the Apple rumor mill, it’s never too soon to start gossiping about gadgets!

Even as Apple revels in the unprecedented success of the iPhone 4S launched this October, speculation is rife about the launch of iPad 3 and the iPhone 5.

iLounge reports that a well-trusted source suggests both the gadgets could gain in size when released in 2012.

Apple iPad 3 to be thicker?
Though not much is known about the iPad 3, details posted online by iLounge indicate the next generation model will be 0.7 mm thicker than its predecessor.

It is rumored that the iPad 3 will be upgraded to a retina display of 2048 x 1536 resolutions, double that of the iPad 2.

To accommodate the higher resolution display, the iPad 3 will need a twin light bar system inside the tablet to keep its colors bright. This will make the tablet thicker than the sleek iPad 2, but still thinner than the original device.

“(The iPhone 5) is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production.”-- iLounge

Adding fuel to the fire, an analyst confirmed to CNET that production has started on high-resolution displays for the next-generation iPad.

“It's happening--QXGA, 2048x1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There's three suppliers,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, told CNET.

The iLounge report indicates that the iPad 3 may be unveiled in January and may hit store shelves by March.

Shim also told CNET that Apple is interested in making a mini-iPad based on a 7.85-inch screen, which could probably come in the second half of 2012.

iPhone 5 to sport larger screen?
The iPhone 5 is also set to get a makeover.

According to iLounge, the next iPhone, still in the early stages of development, will not use the tapered “teardrop” design as was rumored.

However, they confirm the new smartphone may have a larger 4-inch display which will make the entire device 8mm longer.

The next iPhone may feature aluminum casing and support LTE, the report said.

iLounge said, “[The iPhone 5] is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production.

“We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.”