According to the sources which had proved their reliability in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The device is reported to have the 2048×1536 Retina display, a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking.
The March 7 date fits with earlier reports, stating that the new iPad is scheduled for the first week of March, and Wednesday is a traditional day for Apple to hold these types of events.
Another report was also confirmed. John Paczkowski of All Things Digital said: “Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events.”
“The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these,” he added.
9to5maс predicted the exact release date and now it’s clear that it was right: “Wednesday, March 7 is available at Yerba Buena, which is Apple’s traditional venue for such events. Last year’s announcement was on Wednesday, March 2, and the iPad 2 went on sale about a week later.”
Nearly a year passed since Apple unveiled a new iPad. On March 2, 2011, then-CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated the iPad 2 at a San Francisco event; Jobs introduced the first iPad a year before that.
iMore claims that the new iPad will have 4G LTE networking feature and a compatible Qualcomm chipset becoming available, but international LTE coverage is still slim, and in some cases a year or more away.
Many reports are saying that the device will include the Retina Display while other reports are pointing to the previous CES iPad 3 sighting, and predicting that there are no big changes in line for the iPad 3. Some are saying that the iPad 3 is almost an iPad 2S and may in fact be named as such.
There are plenty of rumors that new iPad will have smaller size: bigger than the iPhone, but handier than the iPad 2.
“It makes sense,” said Ezra Gottheil, who watches Apple for Technology Business Research, Inc. “What they’re seeing is a large number of smaller, cheaper tablets, and they want to be in on that market.”
He added: “It will have a higher-resolution screen. That’s important to them because it means the iPad will work well with home cinema systems, since it will display full HD.”
Siri app is also expected to appear on iPad 3 – especially considering the popularity of Siri on iPhone 4S. Siri is a very classic selling point right now and people would lap it up if it came on iPad 3. “Siri will be there for sure,” said Gottheil.
To in-built the app, the iPad 3 would have the latest iOS. The current beta iOS 5.1 could very well see a public release pretty soon – and if that happened before the launch of iPad 3, it could feature on the iPad 3 specs, says iPhone Stuffs 4U.
iLounge editor-in-chief, Jeremy Horwitz claims that “the new iPad’s body is slightly thicker than the iPad 2 that the change is unnoticeable on first inspection; a roughly 1mm increase will barely be perceptible to users.”
“From the front, the next iPad and iPad 2 appear to look basically the same—apart, of course, from the screen. That’s going to be Apple’s big focus when the new device is announced,” he added.