Next iPad to be Announced on March 7

Feb 13, 2012 - 6 Comments

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Just a few days ago The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that iPad 3 will be released the first week of March, and now new claims have surfaced suggesting that the next iPad will be announced on Wednesday, March 7. Specifically, iMore says:

According to sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple 6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking.

The date wouldn’t be too surprising considering March 7 is the only date vacant during the first week of March that is open on the Yerba Buena Center event calendar, and Apple has traditionally announced prior iPads at the YBCA in San Francisco. The rumored specs seem to add up to past expectations, although the 4G LTE capability is reasonably unlikely given Apple’s reluctance to adopt the battery hungry technology.

Earlier today, pictures claiming to be a partially assembled next-gen iPad showed up online at 9to5mac, and other than a few very minor differences they look practically identical to iPad 2.

alleged iPad 3 and iPad 2

Keeping the same enclosure could indicate that the next iPad may be labeled as an iPad 2S or iPad 2HD, similar to the recent iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S update, rather than calling the device “iPad 3″. Ultimately the naming of any Apple device is largely insignificant beyond speculation and Apple’s marketing efforts though, and whatever the next iPad is called it will surely be popular.

Update: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the next iPad will have 4G LTE connectivity.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, News, Rumor

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  1. Parakeet says:

    iPad 2S = same design, new insides and a new screen. Sounds right to me given Apple’s historical changes from iPhone 3G to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S, etc.

    iPad 3 will be a redesign next year and be physically slimmer once Apple is able to get the batteries and displays thin enough to cram into a smaller structure.

  2. Frank says:

    If it’s not 16×9 it’s a waste of time. Mirroring is useless without a 16×9 source. I feel like Apple knows this and intentionally drags their feet years behind current trends.

  3. Nic says:

    Let’s hope these Tools at Apple will finally include a Personal Hotspot to the iPad… and not force users to Jailbreak to use third party workarounds.

    • Paolo Rinaldi says:

      Completely agree, I am tired of juggling different data plans for different devices and having hotspot here or there or nowhere. If the iPad 3 gets LTE it needs a Personal Hotspot so that we can actually use it, and AT&T needs to allow more than 5GB of data, that would be eaten up after streaming 3-4 HD movies!

      Ideally we can get a flat data rate for all devices and personal hotspot, and 10GB+ data plans. Not much use having an HD display with 4G internet if you can’t use the broadband!

  4. [...] be unveiling the next iPad on March 7 in San Francisco at 10:00 AM PST. The confirmation of the previously rumored date came in the form of press invites sent out this morning, with an image showing what looks to [...]

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