Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking.
The March 7 date fits with what AllThingsD reported last week, about the nextipad event being scheduled for the first week of march and Wednesday is a traditional day for Apple to hold these types of events.
Whether Apple would simply improve and optimize the current dual-core
ARM Cortex A9 processor found in the Apple A5 SoC, or go quad-core has
been a lingering question with 9to5Mac findingcode refrences to quad core.
4G LTE networking has been another mystery surrounding the iPad 3, with a compatible Qualcomm chipset becoming available, but international LTE coverage is still slim, and
in some cases a year or more away. It sounds like Apple has 4G LTE lined
up for iphone 5 this
October, but we’re still not certain if the iPad 3 will get it earlier.
Verizon is going to want iOS devices that go faster than 2-3mbps, of
course, especially with AT&T offering HSPA 14.4, and potentially
faster, models. Apple could released a variant 4g version
targeted at Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, Bell, and other carriers that
have rolled out enough support to see demand, or they could wait and
debut it in the next iPhone instead. (No doubt Apple has already
decided, it just isn’t clear to us which way they went for the iPad 3.)
Other rumors fromi.l have included better cameras,
either a 5 or 8 megapixel rear camera and a FaceTime HD front camera.
We haven’t received any information on these, though any camera Apple
includes will have to fit into the thin iPad 3 casing. Likewise, they’re
probably going to want to keep component costs down low enough to
maintain their $499 entry level price tag. (Even if Apple decides to
keep iPad 2 around, with a low end, low storage offering at $399.)
Again, these are rumors, and an extract of a lot of information we’re
still trying to properly sort, but we’ll update when and as needed to
clarify and correct. Either way, we’ll only know for certain when Apple
executives take the stage next month to officially announce the iPad 3.