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iPad with improved display to launch this fall?

The latest rumor suggests Apple will launch the updated device at the end of the third quarter or the start of the fourth quarter.

Will the iPad 2 get a companion this fall?
Will the iPad 2 get a companion this fall?

Apple is planning to launch a new iPad "at the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter," according to DigiTimes.

Apple will reportedly call the new device the iPad 2 Plus, the Taiwan-based news site said today, citing anonymous sources. For now, details on the rumored device are slim, but the publication said it could be thinner than the iPad 2 and come with an improved display.

Other recent rumors have also suggested that an updated tablet will feature a high-quality screen. Last week, This Is My Next said Apple's upcoming "iPad HD" tablet could feature a 2,048x1,536 resolution display. The tech enthusiast site reported that the iPad HD would be sold alongside the current iPad 2.

"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 Is My Next said at the time.

DigiTimes' claim that the new iPad might also feature a thinner body is somewhat surprising. When Apple launched the iPad 2 earlier this year, the company touted how thin its tablet is. According to Apple, its latest iPad is just 0.34 inch thick. Whether Apple could make its next iPad even thinner remains to be seen.

Either way, as with all other Apple rumors, be sure to take this latest report with a grain of salt: Apple has so far made no indication that it's launching another iPad later this year.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.