iPad 3 rumours

iPad 3 rumoursIf the latest iPad 3 rumours are true, Apple is set to unveil the iPad 2’s successor the week after Mobile World Congress. As I’m about to head off for Barcelona in a few days, I figured I’d combine the various iPad 3 rumours into one handy feature beforehand. Why the heck not?

Of course, absolutely nothing is certain, and Apple could always throw an iPhone 4S-style curveball in terms of the specs, but the iPad 3 rumour mill seems pretty certain about more than a few of the details.

Ready to rock, iPad 3 rumour-style?

iPad 3 launch date

We’ve had various silly suggestions about the iPad 3’s launch date over the past few months, including the assertion that Apple would unveil the tablet on the late Steve Jobs’ birthday – February 24. Well, that’s four days away at the time of writing, so I’d bet my own mother that that ain’t happenin’.

More recently we’ve been hearing that the iPad 3 launch will go down “early next month”. More specifically, March 7 (the Wednesday after Mobile World Congress) is the date being touted.

iPad 3 display

The iPad 3 is expected to boast significant enhancements across the board, but the display in particular is tipped to be the big improvement over the soon-to-be-humble iPad 2.

The iPad 2 surprised everyone by dropping in March 2011 with an identical resolution to the original iPad, namely 1024 x 768. The iPad 3 is thought to double that to an eye-melting 2048 x 1536.

If we’re splitting hairs, 2048 x 1536 isn’t quite Retina, but we’re told the iPad 3’s display is sexy enough to make it look “like printed material”. Sounds good to us.

iPad 3 processor

Last March, the iPad 2 debuted Apple’s dual-core A5 chip – also adopted by the iPhone 4S. This year, the iPad 3 is expected to introduce the quad-core A6 processor. Maybe. Somewhat ironically, it’s made by none other than Apple’s best friend (ahem), Samsung.

There have been whispers that the iPad 3 might actually arrive with a comparatively modest dual-core processor, and after the iPhone 4S debacle, nothing would surprise us. Might we be welcoming the iPad 2S?

iPad 3 camera

It’s funny to think that the original iPad had no cameras whatsoever. The iPad 2 was sold largely on its dual-core processor and the introduction of front and rear cameras. How luxurious.

Fast-forward to the present, and the iPad 3 is tipped to mark another significant leap, with an iPhone 4S-style 8MP rear camera. To be honest, we’re not massively bothered about rear cameras on a tablet. I mean, who walks around taking pictures with an iPad?

Siri

When Apple first revealed Siri last October, we assumed it was available to all iOS 5 devices. Of course, we quickly learned that it was an iPhone 4S exclusive, and supposedly incapable of running on earlier iDevices. However, it wasn’t long before various tinkerers proved otherwise.

Nothing much has been said about Siri and the iPad 3 rumours, but it’s one of these things we simply assume will be included. We’d be pretty surprised if it didn’t. Mind you, we are talking about Apple here.

iPad 3 price

Again, little has been said about the iPad 3’s price, but we expect it’ll stick with the tried-and-tested formula adopted over the past two years, namely £399 for the 16GB, £479 for the 32GB, £559 for the 64GB, and an extra £100 if you fancy 3G action.

It’s widely predicted that the iPad 2 will hang around when the iPad 3 arrives, much like the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. There are even rumours that a budget 8GB iPad 2 could look to slap the Amazon Kindle Fire in the face.

iPad 3 release date

The iPad 2 was announced on March 2 and released nine days later, while the iPhone 4S was unveiled on October 4 - hitting shelves 10 days later. Apple is quite fond of the rapid reveal-release technique, so the iPad 3 could be on sale by mid-March. Exciting stuff.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2012 at 13:17

Confirmed (pretty much): Retina display.
Confirmed (pretty much): I want one - or I need to steal my better half's iPad 2.

I don't care much about Siri. Keep it, Apple. Why increase chipsize for something I don't want? Isn't it all about me? :(

Stelph  Feb. 20, 2012 at 15:26

Cant be all about you (or me for that matter) as they still wont add a USB or even a **** SD slot to the tablet. Silly adapters only still it seems

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2012 at 15:50

Cant be all about you (or me for that matter) as they still wont add a USB or even a **** SD slot to the tablet. Silly adapters only still it seems
Oddly enough, on the iPad the lack of USB mass storage doesn't bother me as much as it does with mobile phones. But it's probably because I mostly use it at home cause it's not mine hahaha If I got an iPad 3 it'd probably annoy me, esp'ly since we disabled iTunes on all computers completely.

MDrX  Feb. 20, 2012 at 16:39

Confirmed: Sells more than there are humans.

A5X - A5 with beefier GPU?

Treab  Feb. 20, 2012 at 16:43

Confirmed (pretty much): Retina display.
Confirmed (pretty much): I want one - or I need to steal my better half's iPad 2.

I don't care much about Siri. Keep it, Apple. Why increase chipsize for something I don't want? Isn't it all about me? :(


further proof your an ifony :p

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2012 at 16:58

Confirmed (pretty much): Retina display.
Confirmed (pretty much): I want one - or I need to steal my better half's iPad 2.

I don't care much about Siri. Keep it, Apple. Why increase chipsize for something I don't want? Isn't it all about me? :(


further proof your an ifony :p


I'm so coming for you :p

http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web05/2010/11/21/16/tsa-introduces-ipat-29164-1290373234-21.jpg

Treab  Feb. 20, 2012 at 17:29

sick sod... i always knew you were into that sort of thing...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 20, 2012 at 17:51

sick sod... i always knew you were into that sort of thing...
so, that is settled then? (I'm getting mixed signals :p )

Stelph  Feb. 21, 2012 at 09:40

Cant be all about you (or me for that matter) as they still wont add a USB or even a **** SD slot to the tablet. Silly adapters only still it seems
Oddly enough, on the iPad the lack of USB mass storage doesn't bother me as much as it does with mobile phones. But it's probably because I mostly use it at home cause it's not mine hahaha If I got an iPad 3 it'd probably annoy me, esp'ly since we disabled iTunes on all computers completely.


True, the USB isnt so bad (although it would be nice) what does annoy me is the lack of an SD card slot tho as the iPad is really starting to get some great apps for creating media, however not being able to easily import files without using an adapter is a little annoying

What drives me mad is that Apple for no reason wont even allow the SD adapter to work with the iPhone, what's that all about???

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2012 at 11:48

Cant be all about you (or me for that matter) as they still wont add a USB or even a **** SD slot to the tablet. Silly adapters only still it seems
Oddly enough, on the iPad the lack of USB mass storage doesn't bother me as much as it does with mobile phones. But it's probably because I mostly use it at home cause it's not mine hahaha If I got an iPad 3 it'd probably annoy me, esp'ly since we disabled iTunes on all computers completely.


True, the USB isnt so bad (although it would be nice) what does annoy me is the lack of an SD card slot tho as the iPad is really starting to get some great apps for creating media, however not being able to easily import files without using an adapter is a little annoying

What drives me mad is that Apple for no reason wont even allow the SD adapter to work with the iPhone, what's that all about???

Yep, that is a bit more than a bit annoying.
You're right about all the great media creation programs that call for easy file transfer. It's shocking to see an Archos G9 or a Toshiba with all those great connection options but no apps to use them with. And there's the iPad with the great apps handicapped by lack of easy connectivity.

Stelph  Feb. 21, 2012 at 12:43

Exactly, android apps are gettimg better but are stil lagging behind their iOS alternatoves, however like you say the iPad isnt really an OTG device as it's such a hassle getting files onto it.

Apple have already made strides in making the iPad indipendent from the PC, however i dont think itll be truely "post-pc" until they final cut the cords and make it easier to load files directly to the iPad rather than having to syncing with a PC/convert it first

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2012 at 12:48

Exactly, android apps are gettimg better but are stil lagging behind their iOS alternatoves, however like you say the iPad isnt really an OTG device as it's such a hassle getting files onto it.

Apple have already made strides in making the iPad indipendent from the PC, however i dont think itll be truely "post-pc" until they final cut the cords and make it easier to load files directly to the iPad rather than having to syncing with a PC/convert it first


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