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iPad 3 Rumor Round Up

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Update: Announcement date confirmed for March 7th

These iPad 3 rumors sounding awfully familiar. Last year’s rumors are resurfacing and I would be shocked if none of it comes true.

Screen Resolution

MacRumors got their hands a screen supposedly destined for the iPad 3. The resolution for this screen is 2048×1536 and — according to iFixit — a teensy bit lighter than the iPad 2’s screen.

Processor

The system on a chip powering the iPad 3 will need to be substantially more powerful to drive content running at that native resolution. I doubt many apps will be running at the screen’s native resolution, but Apple still needs to beef up the processor.

The question is: will it be quad-core or dual-core? Or maybe even both?

According to Bloomberg, Apple will be powering the iPad 3 with a quad-core SoC. However, we’ve also seen and read reports that the next iPad will feature an SoC with an A5X label — which leads credence to the idea that the iPad 3’s SoC will be faster, but not drastically different than the current A5.

We’re also seeing reports that both the A5X and the A6 are coming and that Apple are releasing multiple iPad versions.

This is the most hazy part of the iPad 3 rumors.

Size

One of the earliest components to leak out was the case which may feature a more gradual taper and maybe even just a bit thicker than the iPad 2.

Camera

Apparently the iPad 3 will feature an 8 megapixel camera as well. It’s a nice addition and one that I’ll probably take advantage of.

Memory

I haven’t seen anything about memory, but they have to upgrade to 1GB with the screen resolution increase.

Release Date

Everyone is pointing to a March 7 announcement and with BestBuy slicing iPad 2 prices, everything appears to be falling into place.

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