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Apple iPad 3 launch event first week of March?

by Alistair Lowe on 10 February 2012, 09:59

Tags: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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Its writers and their sources have not always been correct, however, with any luck this time they are; AllThingsD has revealed that its sources expect Apple to hold the launch event for the iPad 3 in the first week of March (03/03 perhaps?).

The event will be held in San Francisco, strongly hinting towards the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a popular platform for Apple announcements. Given the trend of the iPad 2, we'd likely see initial units of the iPad 3 hit the stores towards the end of March, with any real stock levels holding back until mid-April.

We still don't know the specifics of the new tablet, only that it's very likely to include a 2,048x1,536 Retina display panel, with early iOS beta code strongly hinting towards a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU. We're not even completely convinced that this model won't be dubbed the iPad 2S at this stage, it all depends just how well the new tablet is able to differentiate itself, which we suspect may come down largely to the rumoured performance of the graphics processor.

Speaking of such, it would be nice to see a PowerVR G6400, though at this stage it seems more likely we'll be seeing a quad-core variant of the iPad 2's dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2. Leaked photos of the device's casing hint towards a new placement scheme that could allow for a larger battery, though this could also be Apple's attempt at accommodating a dual backlight display without increasing overall device thickness.

Apple iPad 2 vs iPad 3 rear shell

Again, with any luck, all of our outstanding questions and more will be answered in under a month's time.



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I imagine it will be quad core with a better display, but I also reckon it will be £100 more than the ipad2 which will remain
3dcandy
I imagine it will be quad core with a better display, but I also reckon it will be £100 more than the ipad2 which will remain
Totally agree with you - however, if I was in charge at Apple, I'd look to drop the ‘3 in as a replacement for the ’2, and drop the price of the '2 by £100 or so to compete with folks like Asus.

Probably be a darned good product, but no doubt the hypegasm surrounding it will be quite distasteful - e.g. "o .. m .. g, isn't this like … the best thing evar. Apple totally redefines the tablet genre. Game changer. etc, etc" :puke:
Apple don't need to drop prices though do they? I haven't got an ipad but we have a dell streak 7 and a galaxy tab, both of which are perfectly adequate and were much cheaper (both were £150 new). The only area an ipad appeals to me is music apps, and then it would be a luxury
3dcandy
Apple don't need to drop prices though do they? I haven't got an ipad but we have a dell streak 7 and a galaxy tab, both of which are perfectly adequate and were much cheaper (both were £150 new). The only area an ipad appeals to me is music apps, and then it would be a luxury
You managed to get a ‘Tab for £150 - unless that was some kind of shop clearance or trade-in deal then you did VERY well. I’m jealous.
Tescos, it's the first version with 3g aswell!!