The Apple iPad 3 is hotly tipped to be announced during the first week of March, as rumours reach fever pitch about what to expect in the new device. Apple usually updates the iPad once a year and considering the iPad 2 was released in March 2011 at the Buena Yerba centre in san Francisco, it won’t come as a major surprise if the rumours pan out.
Mounting evidence points to an imminent announcement, which means the iPad 3 will be released several days or weeks later, and according to The Next Web Apple is already finalising the choice of apps to showcase and is busy organising the ad campaign…
iPad 3 Retina Display and Improved Graphics
According to The Next Web, Apple is hard at work preparing apps that focus heavily on the iPad 3 graphics prowess, as the new model is widely rumoured to have a double resolution Retina Display at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and vastly superior graphics. This means that text and graphics will be sharper than ever at four times the resolution of the iPad 2 (which is 1,024 x 768 pixels). Apple first released a Retina Display on the iPhone 4 in October 2010, and asked developers to submit higher quality graphics to take advantage of the superior display. It’s likely that Apple will feature notable apps from select developers during the announcement, as well as its own in-house apps such as iMovie and Garage Band.
iPad 3 Announcement in March
Invites to Apple events are usually sent just 2 weeks beforehand, but due to Apple’s penchant for secrecy nobody really knows. According to a New York Times blog post, an unnamed Apple employee said the new version being tested internally is “essentially the same size and shape as the iPad 2″ with a “truly amazing” screen. The iPad 3 will also include a much faster custom processor, either a dual-core or quad-core A6 chip.
Can the iPad 3 Live up to Expectations?
If the iPad 3 doesn’t include a Retina Display or an improved camera (as the current camera in the iPad 2 is very poor) many pundits will be sorely disappointed, much as they were when the iPhone 5 failed to materialise and was called the iPhone 4S instead, and only offered somewhat minor upgrades. Luckily for Apple, the strategy worked and helped them achieve record sales and 75% of the mobile industry’s profits, so it’s possible they could stick to the same formula with the iPad 3 (or whatever it will be called).
Same Form Factor, Bigger Battery?
This week a slew of pictures claiming to be the new iPad 3 back panel surfaced on various technology sites, with more room for a larger battery and a different camera housing hinting at the changes to come. However, such pictures can usually be taken with a pinch of salt and could simply be fakes. Apple might also be on the verge of updating its Mac line of computers to include Retina Display models too – an iPad 3 with a high resolution would be amazing, but imagine a Mac with a stupendously detailed screen. Recent updates to hi-resolution icons in Mac OS X 10.7.3 hint that Apple is already readying new Macs with this capability, according to Gizmodo.
As far as the iPad 3 goes, most developers won’t have very long to prepare higher resolution versions of their in-app graphics, as they normally first see the device the same time as everyone else – when it’s announced onstage. Luckily, many insightful developers have already anticipated that the iPad 3 (or a future version) will include a Retina Display screen, so the transition won’t take long.
Apple Dominates Tablets and Smartphones
According to research firm Canalys, Apple sold 15 million iPads in Q4 2011 which accounted for 17% of the total 120 million PC shipments worldwide, while most other makers suffered a steep decline in sales. Apple is also the top smartphone maker, helped by the fact that the global smartphone market overtook PC sales in 2011 at 488 million units compared with 415 million PC’s.
Whatever the new iPad 3 brings, it looks set to fly off the shelves and help Apple continue its dominance in the burgeoning tablet and smartphone markets.
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