There's not enough in the rumored iPad 3 specs for me to upgrade, how about you?

Summary:We are pretty certain to see a new iPad announced in March, but the specs are just rumors at this time. Given what we believe may be in the iPad 3, is it enough for you to upgrade?

It took a bit of effort for me to obtain my Apple iPad 2 last March and I use it just about every day. I had the first iPad and probably could have been just fine sticking with it, but I wanted the new form factor, processor, and integrated 3G. The only thing I have ever thought could be improved, particularly when reading ebooks, is the display on my iPad 2. It's pretty certain that the iPad 3 will have a higher resolution display, but that is not enough for me to upgrade again (at least that is what I say now).

There is quite a bit of information from different sources prior to the 7 March announcement, which is a bit unusual for Apple so I am not convinced that all the rumors will come true. The rumored updates include the following:

  • Display resolution of 2048x1536 pixels (currently the iPad 2 is  1024x768 pixels)
  • Quad-core Apple A6 processor
  • 4G LTE radio for Verizon and AT&T connectivity
  • Better front and rear cameras

The improved resolution will be great, gaming will likely be better with the improved processor and/or GPU upgrade, connectivity will be faster, and photos will be better. I usually only play Words with Friends so don't care about the improved processor, I primarily connect via WiFi and when on the road the AT&T 3G works just fine, and I NEVER use the rear camera with the front camera only used about 3 times for test FaceTime chats. Thus, for ME, it doesn't make much sense to buy a new iPad 3. I also paid over $900 for my current 64 GB 3G iPad (there is about a 10% sales tax here in Washington).

The thing about Apple events, and the hope I have, is that they will reveal something amazing and new with the next iPad. If just the rumored updates above are in the next iPad, will you be upgrading?

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Processors, Wi-Fi

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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