iPad 3 has not been announced and nobody is confident whether Apple would really name it iPad 3. However, people are eager to see it and the rumors are satisfying them to some extent.
There are rumors that iPad 3 would have an advanced A6 Processor. Some other rumors say that it will be dual-core. Some other rumors said it would be quad-core. Once again, dual-core processor rumors became popular.
Now once again the rumor of quad-core processor is becoming strong. According to some sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple is planning to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, 7 March, 2012. According to these sources, not only the 2048×1536 Retina display, iPad 3 will also feature a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking.
Usually, Apple chooses a Wednesday to hold events where it makes some big announcements. Various online reports speculate the date for announcement as 7 March. Thus, there maybe a strong possibility that this report is true but until Apple does not make any official announcement, we cannot assume anything.
Another thing that remains to be seen is whether Apple would improve and optimize the current dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor that is found in the Apple A5 SoC, or will it go quad-core. Some online sources have found code references to quad-core but The Verge hearing otherwise. The theory of The Verge is about quad-core.
There are speculations about 4G LTE networking in iPad 3, with a compatible Qualcomm chipset becoming available. However, the international LTE coverage is still slim, and in some cases a year or more away. Some rumors say that Apple will bring 4G LTE for iPhone 5 this October, while some say that iPad 3 will get it earlier.
With Verizon wishing for iOS devices that go faster than 2-3mbps, especially with AT&T offering HSPA 14.4, and potentially faster, models, Apple may release a 4G LTE variant model, targeted at Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, Bell, and other carriers that have rolled out enough support to see demand. Apple can also debut it in the next iPhone instead.
Other rumors from iLounge have included better cameras, either a 5 or 8 megapixel rear camera and a FaceTime HD front camera. We are yet to see how the camera fit into the thin iPad 3 casing. Apple is also expected to keep component costs down low enough to maintain their $499 entry level price tag.
Lastly, we are reminding our readers that these rumors are yet to be confirmed.
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