Bloomberg briefly reports that Apple's manufacturing partners have indeed begun on production of the iPad 3, with a ramp-up to full capacity taking place by February ahead of a March launch for the device. The report corroborates circulating rumors that the iPad will offer a quad-core processor and sport a high-resolution "Retina" display. The iPad 3 is also said to offer 4G LTE support for faster data connectivity on the go.
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s next iPad tablet, due in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with long-term evolution wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product. [...]
The tablet will use a quad-core chip, an enhancement that lets users more quickly jump between applications, two of the people said.
Japanese blog Macotakara reported nearly identical information earlier this week.
Rumors have been split on whether the iPad 3 will be slightly thicker, thinner, or the same form factor as the iPad 2, with those rumors apparently depending on whether Apple has been able to adopt Sharp's IGZO technology that would allow for a thinner display. While some sources have indicated that Sharp's displays are making the cut for the iPad 3, others have claimed that Sharp failed to win approval from Apple and that a slightly thicker form factor may be required to accommodate a dual light bar design to support the high-resolution IPS display from Samsung and LG.
Apple is bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone because the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology, said one of the people.
The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions, the person said. The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material, according to the person. Videos begin playing almost instantly because of the additional graphics processing, the person said.
Sources note that Foxconn's factories will be running 24 hours a day to produce the iPad 3, with a break later this month for the Lunar New Year holiday being followed by an acceleration to full capacity in February.
Over the past couple of months, several photos of displays claimed to be for the iPad 3 have surfaced from various sources. Such parts leaks are typical with the device's expected debut early next month. While reports have claimed that these displays are high-resolution "Retina" displays, there has been no definite confirmation of these claims so far.
MacRumors has now been able to obtain one of these iPad 3 displays and examine it under a microscope in an effort to determine whether it is indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina display. Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7" in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.
However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display's pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.
Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of the pixels was difficult. Still, even with the relatively poor lighting, you can easily make out the pixels on each display (made up of red, green and blue elements). We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2x2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4x4) -- exactly twice the resolution in each direction.
Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048x1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024x768. Such a screen should be able to display much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads.
While these iPad 3 screens weren't directly sourced from Apple, they are labeled as OEM replacement parts for the iPad 3 and are apparently in mass production. The difficulties of any 3rd party in mass producing 2048x1536 9.7" Retina displays make us quite confident that these represent legitimate iPad 3 parts.
Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 3 with a media event on March 7, and the device is rumored to be carrying this high-resolution display, a new A6 system-on-a-chip, and LTE support for models with cellular data capabilities.
^^base on how apple releases products, its not, if you used for example iphone 3 and skip iphone 3gs and iphone 4, and bought iphone 4s its worth it even if they are going to release this year iphone 5
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CNET has learned that Apple's nexttablet will be called the iPad HD instead of the iPad 3.
A developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple and otherwise tells us the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with "iPad 3."
That matches up well with a report from Gizmodo last week (and an item just posted on VentureBeat) that included an alleged list of upcoming cases from Griffin, listing the product as "iPad HD (3)", as well as corresponding usage reports from an application called Tapatalk that included "iPad HD" among the list of devices using it.
One big remaining question is whether that name is already in use. Apple owns the rights to the iPad name in the U.S. and other countries (though that's being debated in courts in China right now), but have others already beaten it to the punch online?
On the domain front, the answer to that question is yes. The owner of iPadHD.com told CNET earlier today that he registered the domain before the original iPad was announced in 2010. He told us that he's never been contacted by Apple about the domain in the years he's held onto it. That includes the last few weeks.
Separately, iPadHD.biz is already taken, and is currently parked through a domain company that offers a way to bid on the name. And iPadHD.co.uk has been registered since February 26, 2010 (a month after the iPad's unveiling), and is also parked.
Just because some of these names are already taken doesn't mean Apple won't pounce on them after the fact. It did just that with Cisco and the iPhone name after introducing it--a move that led to a legal spat between the two companies, now settled. Apple also picked up iCloud.com from another company to play home to its cloud-based service last year.
Apple has been known to tack simple modifiers onto its product names before, so a name like the iPad HD wouldn't be unprecedented. For instance, in the fifth major version of its iMovie software (part of iLife), Apple added support for 720p and 1080i video, and also dropped the version number in favor of calling it iMovie HD. The second-generationiPhone also simply got a "3G" tacked on the end to denote that it was compatible with third-generation cellular networks.
A report from The Verge last July cited multiple sources as saying the next iPad would be called the "iPad HD" and that Apple would be unveiling it to sit alongside the iPad 2.
Apple is widely expected to take the wraps off the next iPad at its event this Wednesday. CNET will be there to cover the event live. We'll have all the details of our coverage for you tomorrow.
Apple officially unveiled its new iPad, coming to stores March 16. Tablet screens don't get any better than this.
Twitter starts to flutter. The servers in Cupertino whine like a 13-year-old. Google search starts to bow under the pressure. And, the entire Internet sags with the weight of the news. That’s right, there must be another major Apple announcement.
This time, the monolithic tech company has announced the iPad 3, a major update to a tablet that sold over 15 million units last quarter alone. The new iPad has a “retina” display that runs at 2047 x 1536 pixels (or 264 pixels per inch), which is considered more than the human eye can perceive.
Colors pop, due to an increase in color saturation. Images look smooth, apps run in a crisp resolution that makes them look more realistic. The new iPad has the same 9.7 inch screen and basic look. There’s still a home button, and all existing apps will run fine on the new tablet. In fact, the iPad 3 looks about the same as the iPad 2. (The iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi, by the way, is now $399—$100 cheaper.)
The big change, though, is the super HD screen—a major update. No other tablet matches the resolution of this new model, making it a clear market leader.
“To this day no one has yet matched that display technology on any mobile device,” said Phil Schiller, an Apple VP, at the event. “We’re going to bring it to the 9.7 inch screen of the iPad. This presents a problem for us though… for the first time an iPad has a higher resolution than even the display behind me.”
The 5-megapixel camera has face detection, autofocus, and a filter that can produce a dream-like haze a la the Instagram app. The camera also reduces the shaky cam effect. For video, the new iPad lets you record in 1080p, has noise reduction filters for low light conditions, and video stabilization.
One big app announcement: iPhoto for iPad, which lets you manage a massive photo collection, repair images, and paint on the screen. The app is not cloud-based, which means your photos will still be local on the device and require export to use on your computer.
Another important spec, one that few predicted until this week, is that the new iPad taps into the lightning-fast LTE network. For business users, that means Web access for sites like Salesforce.com will run at speeds approaching 75Mbps in some area (especially those very close to a tower). Importantly, the new iPad will work overseas on high-speed 3G networks, which is helpful for business travelers. The new iPad will support a personal hotspot, helpful for sharing the connection in a hotel room.
The faster mobile access opens up new possibilities: you could edit larger files like a business brochure and export over the LTE connection in just a few minutes. The new iPad has a speedy A5X processor that will makes more complex apps like Autodesk Sketchbook run much faster.
Battery life remains at about 10 hours, which is a critical spec given the faster LTE access. 4G usually drains the battery much faster, so Apple must have worked some wizardry on that one to keep the battery life the same as the iPad 2.
Pricing is the same as the iPad 2, starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 4G model with 16GB. There isn’t a 128GB model, though—the top is the 64GB LTE model for $829. Apple also introduced a new version of the Apple TV that supports 1080p video and costs $99, out 3/16.