Apple to debut iPad 3 in March

Rumors have been swirling about the next iPad since the iPad 2 was released last year in March. Apple will unveil a new version of its market-ruling iPad table computer in March, according to a report in Dow Jones-owned technology blog All Things D.
 iPad 3

iPad 3

The latest in an ongoing stream of Apple rumors cited unnamed sources as saying that an “iPad 3” will make its debut at an event the California company will host in San Francisco in the first week of March. The next-generation iPad will be shaped like the current model, but run on a faster computer chip and have improved graphics on par with those seen in Apple’s coveted iPhones, according to the blog. The iPad 3 has had numerous features attributed to it, along with conflicting reports of pricing, release dates, and even multiple screen sizes. The consensus seems to be that the new iPad will feature a 9.7 inch screen (the same size as the iPad 2), but increase the resolution to 2048 x 1536 (doubling it in both directions), resulting in a pixel density close to that of the iPhone 4. Quadrupling the number of pixels means that Apple will have to increase the processor power to prevent the responsiveness of the device from lagging, so expectations are that the iPad 3 will use a quad-core A6 processor to result in even faster graphics processing despite the higher pixel count. Other rumored improvements include better cameras (front and back), better battery life, and the addition of Siri (the voice-activated assistant featured on the iPhone 4S). These features, likely to be introduced at the same $499 price for the basic iPad 2, could have a big impact on the gaming market.
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