The unveiling of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 3 has been the talk of the town. Apple last week sent the press invitations to an event on March 7 where the company has promised to reveal “something you really have to see and touch.” If that doesn’t get you itching for the new iPad, then the many rumors that have been accumulating over many months should do the trick. The rumors range from the likely to the absolutely absurd, but even if only the more substantiated claims hold true, it looks as though the new iPad is going to be the hottest tablet yet.
Here are the most scintillating rumors about what is sure to be a must-have device:
- Apple’s next generation iPad will be called the iPad HD, not the iPad 3. Apple’s newest iPad is expected to sport a ridiculously high resolution retinal display screen running at 2048 by 1536 pixels, making the iPad HD the only tablet to support 1080p high-definition at its full resolution (1920 by 1080).
- The design of the iPad HD is expected to be slightly thicker than its previous counterparts to accommodate the new screen.
- The battery life of the iPad HD is expected to be slightly poorer than its predecessor due to the better screen resolution.
- The iPad HD probably won’t sport a quad-core A6 CPU, and it is more likely that the iPad HD will ship an improved version of the Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, called the A5X
- There is a small chance that the iPad HD will come with iOS 6, but it’s not probably given that iOS 5 just came out in the fall.
- The new models are expected to be the first mobile Apple devices with 4G.
- The iPad HD will come in a variety of sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and the new 128GB for super storage ability.
- The price of the iPad HD is expected to be around $70 to $80 more expensive than the iPad 2
- Some sources are convinced that the iPad HD could hit shelves as early at March 9 or March 16.
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