It's been a while since we've heard a decent iPad 3 rumour, with most of the reports emerging from less than reputable sources.

Luckily though the latest juicy next-gen iPad rumours come courtesy of a story from The Wall Street Journal: a reputable source if ever there was one - it's owned by Rupert Murdoch after all...

Anyway, getting to the point and its report suggests a double resolution from the original Jesus tablet and its 2011 sequel, at a whopping 2048x1536.

Still at 9.7-inches, according to "people familiar with the situation" the screen orders are in, with one manufacturer signed up "for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter" - hinting at an early 2012 release.

They are murmurs that the iPad 3 could even launch this year, but there has been increasing reports suggesting a delay to that idea thanks to part shortages - most notably the display.

Samsung probably isn't the display partner given the recent spat between the two giants, even though we told you how, back in May, Samsung unveiled the first ever 10.1-inch, 2560x1600 resolution LCD, with a whopping 300dpi.

LG has been the dominant panel maker for Apple's mobile devices in the past though, and there's suggestions that it has similar tech up its sleeve too.

Until we know for sure, check out our iPad 3: Specs and features wishlist

iPad 3: Review of rumours, features, pictures and specs