Update 8/Mar: And its out! Called iPad or ‘new’ iPad if you must, the latest Apple tablet was launched today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco by CEO Tim Cook. It looks and feels very much like its predecessor but packs in some solid new features including a full retina display, 4G capability, faster processor and updates to many existing apps to take advantage of the new feature set.
You can pre-order the new iPad over at apple.com/au for delivery between March 16th and 22nd. More in our detailed review.
Update 7/Mar: As rumours fly thick and fast, here’s the rundown before the iPad 3 launches tomorrow. As always, Apple confirm or deny nothing. And with that caveat in place lets jump right into speculation-land. The device is expected to be named iPad HD, not iPad 3, a nod to the almost certain high resolution retina display. So come tomorrow, expect movies on your current iPad to feel just that little bit duller.
‘…And touch.’ teases this ad from Apple. The brains over at Mashable have concluded this refers to some form of a haptic feedback technology that will add texture to objects on the screen when touched. Apple have been filing patents for various forms of touch technologies and this would appear to be the result.
The tablet will be announced by Tim Cook, the new Apple CEO, tomorrow. But units will not begin shipping before the end of this month. iPad HD Australia release will probably be around the 27th of March, but don’t hold us to it.
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Its that time of the year again, when Apple rumour mills start churning out fake and real news on the next big thing. This time it is the iPad 3, an update to the iPad 2 that came out this time last year.
iPad 3 images released by a Chinese website. Possibly fake. Source: Mashable.com
iPad 3 release date is expected to be March 7 globally, though as expected Apple neither confirm nor deny. Apple releases in Australia are usually same time as rest of the world.
So what can we expect from the new tablet? We’ve distilled all rumours and come up with a quick summary.
1. Higher resolution display: Same size 9.7″ but with four times the pixel density - 2048×1536 resolution instead of 1024×768
2. Faster processor: The iPad 3 is expected to be twice as fast with a quad-core processor compared to dual core in iPad 2
3. Updated camera: Expected to be 8MP, same as iPhone 4S
4. Siri, the virtual assistant: iPad 3 is expected to ship with Siri out of the box. Apple didn’t include Siri in the iOS5 update for iPad 2, possibly to give people a reason to buy the iPad 3
5. Larger battery
Will there be high res and low res version? Or a smaller sized device to complete with Amazon Fire? Will the iPad 3 come with a stylus? We’ll keep you posted.