Here's Everything We Know About The iPad 3

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Everyone’s waiting for the iPad 3 to be officially announced, and the rumours are flying like crazy.We’re expecting a much nicer screen, a killer processor, and a more powerful battery.

But the rumours barely end there.

In order to keep you up to speed, here’s everything we know about the upcoming device.

Retina display

The next iPad will reportedly have a much higher-quality display. We've even read that it could be in full HD.

Likelihood: high. One could even argue that retina display is overdue.

Quad-core processor

Apple gave us a nice improvement in processor speed from iPad 1 to iPad 2 and the rumours are that we can expect a considerable bump with a quad-core iPad 3 processor.

Likelihood: high.

Better battery

We've seen reports that the next iPad battery will pack some firepower with more than twice the milliamp-hours of the iPad 2 battery. This could be simply what's required to power a device with a better screen and faster processor.

Likelihood: high.

Thicker than the iPad 2

If the iPad 3 comes with all these previously discussed improvements, it'll require a little more breathing room that will make it thicker than the iPad 2. That's not saying too much, however, because the iPad 2 is fantastically thin.

Likelihood: high.

Cheaper iPad 2

The speculation is that Apple will seriously knock down the price of the iPad 2 when it introduces the iPad 3. We've seen the company do similar things before with the iPhone. When the 3GS came out, the 3G became much cheaper. When the iPhone 4 came out, the 3GS saw a discount.

Likelihood: high.

Coming in February

We've heard all kinds of rumours about the iPad 3 release date, but the most fitting one is that it will come out on February 24, Steve Jobs' birthday.

Likelihood: medium.

A mini iPad

There's been lots of talk that Apple will introduce a smaller model of iPad. While that may happen at another time, we don't see it happening for the iPad 3 launch at all.

Likelihood: low.

4G LTE support

As LTE becomes more and more readily available for speedy mobile web browsing, it makes sense for future 3G iPads to support it. We could see Apple introducing multiple models to support this -- one for standard 3G, one for the much zippier LTE.

Likelihood: medium.

2 new models

Tom's Guide indicates that there will be 2 models of iPad 3 introduced at launch time. The only supposed difference between them will be the cameras -- one shoots 5 megapixel photos while the other shoots at 8 megapixels.

Likelihood: hard to say -- we suspect there would have to be a few more differences between the two devices other than the cameras to merit making them. Until we know what those differences are, we're unsure.

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