Apple: iPad 3 launch event on March 7

Apple: iPad 3 launch event on March 7Apple has finally set a date for the execution of months and months – pretty much a year's worth – of iPad 3 rumours.

The iPad 3 launch event will take place on March 7. Heck, that’s one week from today. And here was me hoping things might calm down after the insanity of Mobile World Congress…

Apple is, of course, remaining characteristically quiet, simply revealing that the iPad 3 launch event will be held– as expected – at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre in its native San Francisco.

Interestingly, March 7 was rumoured for the iPad 3 launch a couple of weeks ago. Turns out those “sources who have been reliable in the past” were bang on the moolah.

As for iPad 3 specs, well, the rumour mill has painted a pretty vivid picture, including a 2048 x 1536 resolution that’s said to make the display look “like printed material”. That’s twice the resolution of the original iPad and the iPad 2.

Other iPad 3 specs are thought to include a quad-core A6 processor (or maybe not), an 8MP camera on par with that of the iPhone 4S, and maybe even Siri – which of course is currently exclusive to the aforementioned 4S.

As for iPad 3 pricing, I’m hoping it’ll grab the baton from the iPad 2, while the latter is tipped to drop to semi-budget territory in order to punch the Amazon Kindle Fire in the gob.

And finally, if history has taught us anything, the iPad 3 release date will follow the week after the launch event. Boom!

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 12:57

Ahem...no homebutton not worth mentioning? :p
(no photoshop - the pic's from Apple's invite)
http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news-700/Apple-Invites-Show-a-Retina-Display-iPad-3.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:02

Unless it's in landscape mode, but the spacing of the icons looks
like the thing's in portrait mode...
So, have they moved it? Removed it? Or is the bezel touch-sensitive?

Stelph  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:07

More likely its a photoshop mess up, I would doubt that apple use actual photos for their posters etc.

Im also equally as interested to see what they announce about the Apple TV (be it a proper TV and/or an update to the box) id read that stock of the ATV2 had been running low so hoping something good will be announced, apps for example.

Think its pretty obvious this will come with Siri, out of curiosity, did Apple ever announce why the iPad 2 (with the same processor as the 4s) never got siri?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:11

More likely its a photoshop mess up, I would doubt that apple use actual photos for their posters etc.

Im also equally as interested to see what they announce about the Apple TV (be it a proper TV and/or an update to the box) id read that stock of the ATV2 had been running low so hoping something good will be announced, apps for example.

Think its pretty obvious this will come with Siri, out of curiosity, did Apple ever announce why the iPad 2 (with the same processor as the 4s) never got siri?


Stelph, sorry I didn't make this clear:
That photo is on Apple's INVITES!

Here's a cracker: a day before the Apple event, right, guess what Toshiba is doing?
Launch a $530 Android tablet http://blog.laptopmag.com/what-timing-toshiba-excite-10-le-available-for-529-on-march-6-one-day-before-ipad-3 Why even bother? Launch it NOW or later. Or never.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:15


http://www.itproportal.com/2012/02/08/why-siri-wont-coming-iphone4/

Think its pretty obvious this will come with Siri, out of curiosity, did Apple ever announce why the iPad 2 (with the same processor as the 4s) never got siri?


The iPhone 4S does only have a partially identical chip.
Independent tests reveal that the iPhone 4 has an Audience chip with similar functions, but the latest iPhone has the "EarSmart" technology embedded in the processor itself and this greatly boosts Siri's capabilities




Tha's why ;)

MDrX  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:06

Apple regularly mock-up their own products with Photoshop so, even though it is an Apple invite, it is probably still a Photoshop job. That finger reflection is definitely not real.

This is apparently the iPad 3 glass - with home button http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1327678

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:18

Apple regularly mock-up their own products with Photoshop so, even though it is an Apple invite, it is probably still a Photoshop job. That finger reflection is definitely not real.

This is apparently the iPad 3 glass - with home button http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1327678


Some more pics and details here - with more reflections :p

Maybe you're right. But the tagline, "we have something you need to see. And touch" seems to support something, well, new and touch-related.

Don't get me wrong: I don't really care :p

But then again: the homebutton is probably one of the if not THE most common problem area...

MDrX  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:27

Maybe. I'd love for them to ditch the home button. It is the buggiest, crappiest part of any iOS device. I just can't see them showing it in the invite

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:29

I'm genuinely looking forward to the release of the iPad 3, I may well have to get myself one when they're actually for sale. If the price stays at ~£400 for a 16gb Wi-Fi model, that'll be a bargain for such a quality product.

Tablets are an area in which me and Android don't get along so well...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:30

Analysts are calling for a new, buttonless iPad with front and rear facing cameras along with a larger screen. Will the rumors hold water?
Oh, that was the last iPad. 2. http://www.bgr.com/2011/02/23/apple-sends-invites-for-march-2nd-media-event-ipad-2-en-route/

G*d, what am I doing? :| Slow day...sorry

Pondlife  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:30

That screen res just sounds a bit mad.
So all the previous HD apps might be fairly low definition...

Oops typoed previous to make it precious before I looked back.
Definitely meant previous.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:33

That screen res just sounds a bit mad.
So all the precious HD apps might be fairly low definition...

Yes, but it's pretty much confirmed. iPad app-devs have been advised to switch to super duper high res screens. And what'd be an iDevice launch if you didn't have to update all your apps ;) :p

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:33

Pondlife (great screen name btw, made me laugh),
I'm sure all the big name apps will be updated fairly quickly to work with the new, higher screen resolution, after all this is the App Store not the Android market we're talking about :p.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:36

after all this is the App Store not the Android market we're talking about :p.
THIS Android Market?
http://roboticshackathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/RobotShop-square-300x239.jpg

They restock frequently. :p

Pondlife  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:41

Don't care whether they keep or ditch the button as long as they still have a reset on it, had to use it fair few times on ipod touch.

Pondlife  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:44

Still seems a crazy res when even most 15.6 laptops don't even have 1080p screens.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:46

Same here, and on my old iPhone 3G. I'd guess that a very long hold (30 seconds-ish) of the power button, or holding power + volume up or down would become the hard reset combination.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:47

There are 4.3" phones (HTC Rezound) with 720p screens nowadays...laptops just don't need such a high PPI to look nice, as they're far further from your eyes when you're using them.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:50

N9 works okay without homebutton. Reset/reboot with long-press of powerbutton. Though - it hasn't frozen on me much, yet (partly because, ahem, I'm not using it LOL )

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:00

Leaving any phone in a drawer at work tends to reduce the number of freezes/crashes you experience with it ;).

Pondlife  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:02

There are 4.3" phones (HTC Rezound) with 720p screens nowadays...laptops just don't need such a high PPI to look nice, as they're far further from your eyes when you're using them.


That sounds counter-intuitive to me surely they'd need a higher res if further away?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:06

No, because pixels look smaller when your eyes are further away from them. Trust me it's true.

That's why a 720p TV looks just as good as a 720p smartphone despite being 42ish" compared to 4.3ish".

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:08

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:08

****, that went well :p ^^^

Here's the link instead mate :)
http://s3.carltonbale.com/distance_chart.png

MDrX  Feb. 29, 2012 at 15:19

I'm genuinely looking forward to the release of the iPad 3, I may well have to get myself one when they're actually for sale. If the price stays at ~£400 for a 16gb Wi-Fi model, that'll be a bargain for such a quality product.

Some pricing 'leaks' are suggesting $579 for the bog standard iPad 3, $79 more than iPad 2. £400 really would be a bargain, doesn't look like it will happen though

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