Apple’s release of the iPad 3 is nearing and as you may have come to expect each and every time the guys at Cupertino are about to launch a new product, the rumor mill is working overtime spewing out rumor after rumor about what we’ll likely see in the iPad 3.
Here’s a rundown of current rumors floating around and how likely we’ll see them in the upcoming iPad 3.
- Retina Display
The iPad 3 is rumored to sport a new “Retina Display” screen with twice the resolution (2048×1536 pixels) crammed into the 9.7-inch screen of the device. The iPad 2 screen has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. Apple is reportedly testing units with this resolution from LG or Samsung or Sharp (or all three). It seems a Retina Display this big is hard to make, however, but it sure would be great if the iPad 2 will have it. As for probability, I’d rate it as likely as there have been reports from respectable news organizations about this.
- Quad-Core Processor
Rumors have also been cropping up pointing to a quad-core processor for the iPad 3. This will be the Apple A6 chip, some reports say. Samsung is reportedly the fabricator of the chip. I’d say that this rumor is looking quite likely to be true the reason being that Apple typically does not want to get outdone with specifications of its products. We all know about Tegra 3 and it has already come out in the Transformer Prime so Apple is expected to put in a quad-core A6 chip in the iPad 3.
Apple is also reportedly making the iPad 3 capable of accessing mobile networks at LTE speeds. According to earlier reports, Apple is making LTE debut with the iPad, presumably the iPad 3, because the tablet has a higher-capacity battery and 4G LTE eats batteries like there was no tomorrow. I have to say that with reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal pointing to this; it’s also quite likely that the iPad 3 will have LTE speeds.
- Bigger Battery
Some reports about the iPad 3, including ones which base their predictions on photos of the iPad 3 chassis which have reportedly been leaked from manufacturers, point to the possibility that the iPad 3 may have a bigger battery than the iPad 2. To make this work, the iPad 3 is said to be slightly thicker than the iPad 2. That’s alright by me, as long as it’s just really “slightly” thicker. I’d have to say that this is also quite likely to be a reality come iPad 3 launch owing to the fact that that quad-core processor and Retina Display will definitely benefit from a bigger battery.
The very popular voice-controlled assistant on the iPhone 4S, Siri, is reportedly coming to the iPad 3 once it launches. We all know Siri and if you’d ask me, announcing the feature on the iPad 3 is all but a formality. I’d give it sure rating.
- Better Camera
Another thing borrowed from the iPhone 4S book points to the iPad 3 getting a better camera. I’d rate this quite likely too.
- Smaller iPad
A report from the Wall Street Journal says that Apple may be testing a smaller version of the iPad. I’d have to say it’s possible the company is testing smaller iPads, but the chance of it going out in the market with the iPad 3 is not likely. Steve Jobs made it a point he believed that the 9.7-inch screen of the iPad is what he believed is the right size.
Other rumors point to the possibility that the iPad 3 will have a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. I’d rate this as not likely because even though the technology is now well-known, it still is not that widespread and widely-used to necessitate Apple including it in the iPad 3. The iPad 3 is also reportedly getting an SD card port which I’d say is not likely because Apple just doesn’t do that kind of stuff historically. However, the iPad 3 may come in a 128GB variant to solve that. It may also feature a Thunderbolt port but I’d rate this as not likely too but possible.
As for a release date, no one exactly knows right now, except for maybe a select group of people. It’s likely, however, that it would be anytime soon. Kidding. It’s likely that it would be this March.
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