Apple’s iPad 3 will launch early next month with a higher-resolution display, faster processor and better battery, according to rumours
“No word yet on a street date for the iPad 3 (assuming that’s what it’s called),” noted the 9 February report, which relied on unnamed sources.
Apple traditionally keeps details of its upcoming products a closely guarded secret. However, based on reports over the past few months, it’s safe to assume the iPad 3 will include at least a few of the following features:
High-Resolution Screen: This is the most persistent rumour, reinforced by AllThingsD, which notes that the iPad 3 could feature a “2048×1536 Retina Display – or something close to it”. Such a screen would be one of the most high-profile ways Apple could advance the iPad in a way that stands out from the competition.
A Faster Processor: In a 1 February posting, the Boy Genius Report suggested the iPad 3 will feature an upgraded, proprietary A6 processor. That information came from an unnamed source, which provided the blog with screenshots of “output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot”. AllThingsD also alluded to a “much faster chip” paired with “an improved graphics processing unit”.
Camera and Battery: The Repair Labs Blog recently posted images of what it called the back housing of the iPad 3, which in turn suggests Apple’s next tablet will include a bigger battery and perhaps a different camera.
The presence of other features – such as Siri, Apple’s “digital personal assistant” which debuted with the iPhone 4S – is more open to conjecture. But based on the iPad’s sales history (Apple sold 15.43 million units in the last quarter alone), it’s not hard to surmise that the next edition in the franchise will sell well.
Apple’s iPad franchise might dominate the tablet market, but it nonetheless faces some significant threats in 2012.
Chief among them is Windows 8 on tablets, which could arrive sometime late in the year. Microsoft and its hardware partners will surely devote considerable marketing muscle to the upcoming operating system, creating the sort of united front that has thus far eluded the various Android manufacturers who flooded the tablet ecosystem with tablets in 2011.