The iPad 2 has only been out for three and a half months, but that’s not keeping analysts from speculating about the iPad 3.We’ve heard everything about the iPad 3 from a fall release date to a high-res Retina Display like the iPhone 4.
At this early point, it’s almost all speculation so far, but there are some juicy nuggets of iPad goodness floating around.
We gathered all the best rumours for you right here. Click below to check ’em out.
It's tough for us to swallow this one. A new DigiTimes report says Taiwanese suppliers are shipping materials for the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. While we're all but certain the iPhone 5 will launch this September, we highly doubt there will be an iPad refresh just six months after the iPad 2.
We're pretty confident that Apple will stick to its yearly Spring launch of the iPad. Expect an announcement in March or April.
It's safe to say that the iPad 3 will have a new, faster processor. Right now the iPad 2 rocks a dual-core A5 processor, but there are already Android tablets in the works with quad-core processors. Will Apple's next A6 be able to match? We think so.
Apple has been slow to adopt 4G into its mobile devices, likely due to battery life concerns. Still, the iPad already has incredible battery life, so there's always a chance the third version will be able to run on Verizon and AT&T's 4G LTE networks. (AT&T's LTE network should be up and running by then.)
Steve Jobs himself has said he doesn't believe 7-inch tablets can be successful. But some analysts seem to disagree, pointing to all those 7-inch Android tablets.
We highly doubt this rumour will ever come true since the iPad is so far ahead that it doesn't even need to worry about 7-inch Android tablets.
While the iPad 3's display is likely to get a boost in resolution, we doubt it will be the same as the iPhone 4's Retina Display. Those are pretty expensive to make for such a large device, and will make it difficult to keep the iPad affordable.
Glasses-free 3D is pretty cool on devices like Nintendo's 3DS, but it's far from perfect. It destroys battery life, and you still have to hold the device at the perfect angle to get the 3D effect. There's no way Apple would consider implementing 3D until the technology ready.
With everything moving to the iCloud, we doubt Apple will offer anything higher than a 64 GB model of the iPad 3.
This is the most common rumour, and the one we can pretty much guarantee will happen. Apple will continue to shave the iPad down to be thinner and lighter.
What about overall design? We know Apple likes to keep its iDevices in sync, so we'll have to wait and see what the iPhone 5 looks like before we judge.
Part of the iPad's success has been due to its affordability. Apple would be silly to raise the entry-level iPad price above $499.