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Last Minute Rumors and What to Expect at the Apple iPad Press Conference

iPad 3 Invite

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.

LTE

The Verge is reporting that it looks like the iPad 3 will be getting LTE with AT&T and Verizon.  There still is no word as to Sprint.

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.

DUAL OR QUAD CORE

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.

RETINA DISPLAY

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.

IMPROVED CAMERA

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.

IOS 5.1 TO SHIP WITH IPAD 3

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.

SAME FORM DESIGN

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.

IPAD MINI

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.

SIRI

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.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

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.

AND FINALLY, THE NAME – IPAD HD OR IPAD 3

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.

Apple Announces iPad 3 Event for March 7th in San Francisco

iPad 3 Invite

It is official.  The invites have finally been sent out.  Apple has announced a press conference for March 7 at 10:00AM PST at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 3 that will have a better processor, improved graphics, and a new Retina Display.

Is Apple Going to Increase the Price of the iPad 3?

iPad Back 2

MacRumors is reporting that a post on Sina Weibo (translation needed) is claiming that there is going to be a price increase with the iPad 3.  According to the report, the Wi-Fi version will increase by $80 and the Wi-Fi + 3G version will increase by $70.  Despite the “alleged” invoice that is fueling this rumor, it is very difficult to believe that Apple will increase the price of the iPad.  First, Apple has never deviated from their original price on any iDevice. If this rumor is true, this will be a first for Apple. Second, the tablet market continues to become more and more competitive.  With several companies lowering prices on their tablets, I find it very difficult to believe that Apple will increase the price of the iPad.  But then again, we are talking about a company that does not believe that their…ummm…bodily waste…stinks. Hopefully on March 7, this rumor will be debunked. 

iPad Price Points

Alleged Photo of iPad 3 with Slight Redesign and 8-Megapixel Camera

iPad 3

Apple Daily is reporting that they have obtained images of the iPad 3 ahead of Apple’s official announcement. The alleged images are in line with previous rumors wherein the case is similar to the iPad 2, but has been redesigned with a more gradual taper leading from the back to the edges. Apple Daily is also reporting that the iPad 3 will have a Retina Display and an 8-megapixel camera.   The new display is reportedly double the linear resolution of the existing iPad display. Other rumors for the iPad 3 include a quad-core Apple A6 processor and embedded 4G LTE connectivity. Even though it has not yet been confirmed, Apple is supposedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference on March 7.

iOS 5.1 Pre-GM Leak Reveals New Camera Slider and Japanese Support for Siri

iOS 5.1 Camera Slider

Taking a break from all of the iPad 3 rumors, Blog do iPhone (Portuguese translation needed) is reporting that they have obtained a pre-Gold Master build of iOS 5.1.  Gold Master is usually the final beta release before the software goes public.  The biggest reveal from the alleged pre-GM is a new camera slider for the lock screen and that Siri has learned Japanese.  Under the current iOS, when the phone is locked and you double tap the home button, the camera button appears next to the slider.  In iOS 5.1, that is now gone.  In its place, without having to tap the home button twice, is a camera slider that you slide up to gain access to the camera app.  Blog do iPhone is speculating that the update will be released with the iPad 3 that is rumored to be unveiled on March 7. 

Siri Japanese

Back Case of the iPad 3 Leaked

iPad 3 Rear Case

RepairLabs is reporting that the iPad 3 will feature a larger battery, a new camera, and a retina display. They are basing their report upon what is alleged to be the rear case of the iPad 3 that they obtained from an industry insider in China.  After examining the rear case, RepairLabs came to the following conclusions:

A. You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different allowing for …

B. More battery. The width of where the logic board sits on the iPad 2 appears much larger than that of the iPad 3. We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that.

C. The camera is different. It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing, but what we can expect is a different camera on the iPad 3 than what we had on the 2.

D. LCD will be different than what we have had before. Whether or not it will be the super screen we have seen reported will have to wait. But the different mounting does mean that the LCD has been redesigned at the very least.

If Apple sticks to the same schedule from the last two years, the iPad 3 should be unveiled in March.

iPad 3 in March and Aluminum iPhone 5 this Summer?
Apple is planning to release a slightly thicker – 0.7-millimeter iPad in March with a dual-backlit display and a new high-resolution screen according to iLounge.  They are also reporting that Apple will probably launch the iPhone 5 next summer that will not have a tear-drop design as many have speculated.  Instead, it will be 8-millimeters longer that the current model and will have a metal case as well as a 4-inch display.

iPad 3 in March and Aluminum iPhone 5 this Summer?

Apple is planning to release a slightly thicker – 0.7-millimeter iPad in March with a dual-backlit display and a new high-resolution screen according to iLounge.  They are also reporting that Apple will probably launch the iPhone 5 next summer that will not have a tear-drop design as many have speculated.  Instead, it will be 8-millimeters longer that the current model and will have a metal case as well as a 4-inch display.

4-Inch iPhone 5, 7.35-Inch iPad Rumored
Back in July, according to The Korea Times, LG’s CEO Young Soo Kwon let it slip that the next iPad will employ LG’s Retina Display.  Now, The Korea Times via an “unnamed source” that was identified as an LG executive, suggests that LG is also working on 4-inch Retina Displays for the iPhone 5 and a smaller iPad. In addition, they reported that the LG executive claimed that  “a meeting between Apple and LG is reportedly due to take place in the next few days and one of the topics of conversation will be Apple’s plans to introduce a 7.35-inch tablet.”
Of course, all of these rumors need a pretty big grain of salt. We all remember the iPhone 5 rumors ahead of this year’s launch. They turned out to be wrong.

4-Inch iPhone 5, 7.35-Inch iPad Rumored

Back in July, according to The Korea Times, LG’s CEO Young Soo Kwon let it slip that the next iPad will employ LG’s Retina Display.  Now, The Korea Times via an “unnamed source” that was identified as an LG executive, suggests that LG is also working on 4-inch Retina Displays for the iPhone 5 and a smaller iPad. In addition, they reported that the LG executive claimed that  “a meeting between Apple and LG is reportedly due to take place in the next few days and one of the topics of conversation will be Apple’s plans to introduce a 7.35-inch tablet.”

Of course, all of these rumors need a pretty big grain of salt. We all remember the iPhone 5 rumors ahead of this year’s launch. They turned out to be wrong.