Forget iPad 3: Apple to Launch iPad HD Tomorrow

Apple’s next iPad will reportedly break its traditional numbering scheme in order to promote its big new feature: the high-definition screen.

Apple's next tablet will be called the iPad HD instead of the iPad 3. Photo: skynetcusco/Flickr

The insider, who provided reliable information with respect to things Apple, told reporters that the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with “iPad 3.”

“The HD moniker would make sense as a way to call out what is supposed to be the most important new feature of this version of the iPad, its high-definition display, or Retina display, as Apple calls the 2048 x 1536 resolution on the iPhone. The current resolution of the iPad 2 is 1024 x 768,” explains Gigaom.

That would make sense in case the speculations that the new iPad will have a high resolution “retina” display are true to life.

Other rumors claimed that the new 3 won’t have a “super-resolution” display, however. So, the company needs to do something more with the next iPad than the firm managed with the iPad 2, and that super-display would be the perfect advance to try and sell more tablets.

Well, the question is: will the device sell as well as its predecessors?

Apple counted that the original iPad sold 300,000 units its first day, 450,000 in its first five days and a half million by the end of the eleventh day. So, it took about a month to sell one million of devices.

15 million iPads have been already sold before the iPad 2 was launched. The iPad 2 took only 28 days to sell one million units. That was two years ago. Just try to imagine how many people have been waiting for another iPad to get their hands on.

Still, CNET predicts that the company could face plenty of problems if it will change the device’s name. First of all, the domain iPadHD.com has already been registered.

The owner of iPadHD.com had claimed 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,” CNET said.

What is more, iPadHD.biz, is already taken, and is currently parked through a domain company that offers a way to bid on the name. iPadHD.co.uk has been registered since February 26, 2010 or a month after the iPad’s unveiling, and is also parked.

It is not the first time Apple stopped naming devices by succeeding numbers. It had named its latest iPhone the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 4.

The Apple iPad HD is expected to be shipped with a dual-core A5X processor instead of the quad-core A6 processor as had been earlier reported. Rumors claim that the device will include upgraded camera, inclusion of Siri and LTE integration. The iPad HD will arrive at the same price as that of iPad 2.

9to5mac reports that the new Apple’s product are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th.

The iPad 3 is scheduled to be unveiled on March 7 at an Apple media event so its release date should take place no more than a week later.

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