After months of conspiracy theories, the iPad press conference is finally upon us. Unfortunately, as Tweeted by Apple VP Phil Schiller, there will not be a live stream of the press conference. What a disappointment. Oh well, I guess we will have to wait for those wonderful post-press-conference-amazing-videos. (Tongue and cheek folks) Since we still have a little bit of time before the press conference, I have put together a list of the top ten iPad 3 rumors. If you agree, disagree, or if I have left out one of your favorite rumors, let me know in the comments below.
There have been rumors flying that the iPad 3 would be LTE capable, and we’re told that it will definitely be announced for both the Verizon and AT&T networks tomorrow. To be clear, that would mean two distinct, separate versions of the LTE tablet (one for each network). In addition, there’s a third international model which does double duty on 3G; a CDMA / GSM model using a similar radio chipset to the iPhone 4S (a Qualcomm Gobi chip). That’s a little odd considering LTE chipsets from Qualcomm can be utilized on those same bands, but there may be reasons (cost for instance) that Apple would want to separate the hardware.
The Verge is also reporting that the iPad 3 will use a dual-core A5X SoC instead of a quad-core A6. iMoreand Bloomberg had previously reported just the opposite, that the iPad 3 will have the Quad-Core A6 chip. I guess we will have to wait for the press conference to find out. My money is on the Quad Core.
This one is a no brainer. There is very little doubt that the iPad 3 will be getting a retina display. It is anticipated that the display will be double the linear resolution of the original iPad, up from 1024×768 to 2048×1536.
Apple Daily reported that the next generation iPad will have an 8-megapixel camera. Even though it has not been confirmed, the alleged iPad 3 parts do indicate a much larger camera sensor. With a retina display, it makes sense that Apple would improve the camera. Also, it is typical for Apple to increase the camera quality in its devices with each new generation.
Chronic Wire is reporting that iOS 5.1 has gone Gold Master and will ship with the iPad 3. The most notable new addition is the new way to access the camera from the lock screen, which you can read BriefMobile’s report here.
With all of the images that have been “leaked” of the iPad 3, there is little doubt as to what the next-gen iPad will look like: it is going to look like…wait for it…an iPad. iLounge editor in chief Jeremy Horwitz claims to have seen the case of the iPad 3 in person, saying, “I’d show you a picture, but there’s honestly nothing to be seen. Think iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S: this device so resembles the iPad 2 that differences are only obvious when they’re placed next to each other. From the back, you could walk past this new iPad on display and have no idea that anything had changed.” Horwitz also reported that the iPad 3 will be about a millimeter thicker than the iPad 2.
Despite the report from DigiTimes, it is doubtful that Apple will be announcing an iPad Mini at the press conference. With all of the images and videos floating around of the iPad 3, you would think that if the iPad Mini is a real device, it would have been spotted by now. I think it is a safe bet that we will not be seeing an iPad Mini any time soon.
Out of all of the rumors, this one has had the least amount of traction. Previous reports have indicated that Siri only works well on the iPhone 4S because of noise-canceling technology in the A5 processor. Since Apple is supposedly improving the processor and there has been some direct references to Siri in the iOS 5.1 beta, there is a chance that the iPad 3 will arrive with Siri.
Contrary to previous rumors of a $70 to $80 price increase, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will not be increasing the price of the iPad 3. The pricing matrix is to remain the same as it currently is for the iPad 2. Despite rumors from yesterday that the iPad 3 might be available for immediate purchase, 9to5Mac is also reporting that the iPad 3 will not be available for purchase until March 16. That’s a shame. Oh well, I think deep down, Apple really likes seeing those long lines outside of their stores.
Over the last 24 hours, a debate has emerged as to the name of the next generation iPad – will it be the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. Obviously, the name iPad HD has surfaced due to the alleged retina display that it will have. At this point, does it really matter? Not really. Let’s just start the press conference so we can put all of these rumors to rest.