In what is probably the worst kept secret in a long time from Cupertino, the third generation iPad is going to be released next week, on Wednesday 7th to be more precise, having sent journalists an invite to an event stating “We have something you really have to see. And touch”.
The big question, however, is the changes that they new iPad will bring, but here are a few of the rumours:
There was a possibility of this arriving for the iPad 2, but it looks to be an almost certainty in the iPad 3, and will mean a beautifully clear display with pixels so small that they are unnoticeable.
With nVidia’s Tegra 3 and Samsung’s Quad-Core Exynos looking to be included in the latest and greatest Android smartphones and tablets in 2012, it would again be a surprise if Apple didn’t make use of four cores in the iPad 3. As to which manufacturer will be supplying the CPU, that is up for debate – but with its clever power-saving low voltage 5th core, I would guess it will likely be a Tegra 3 powering the device.
4G would bring faster data downloads and better connectivity to the iPad 3, but with much of the world still without 4G networks, 4G chips still being pretty power-hungry, and the iPhone still yet to get the speed-bump, I would say this is relatively unlikely.
Siri was one of the main selling points for the iPhone 4S, no matter how poor its understanding of anything but US accents, and it looks very likely that the voice recognition and control app will be making its way to the bigger screen.
7″ and 10″ iPad 3s
There has been much speculation over the possibility that APple may be bringing out a smaller, lighter iPad 3 to compete more directly with e-readers and its biggest tablet competition, the budget-priced Amazon Kindle Fire. If a smaller iPad was available, then people may use it more for reading and better portability – with 10″ being a little too cumbersome for some. A smaller model is possible, and if at a cheaper price then it would likely eat more of Amazon’s sales than those for full-size iPads – but we’ve heard nothing concrete on this front as yet.
What do you want to see in the iPad 3?
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