iPad 3 rumor roundup

iPad 3 rumor roundup

Summary: Some of the rumors make sense, others make no sense whatsoever. Let's start sifting through them!

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As the predicted announcement date for the iPad 3 nears, there has been an explosion of rumors and speculation as to what Apple's updated tablet will bring to the market.

Some of the rumors make sense, others make no sense whatsoever. Let's start sifting through them!

  • iPad 3 to have 'retina' display A lot of pundits are predicting this change, and that the panels will be made by LG. I've written before in quite some depth as to why I don't think the iPad 3 will have a high-definition 'retina' display. That said, I'll be happy to be proved wrong! Probability: 1/10
  • 3D display I really don't see this happening, or why Apple would want to shove a 3D display into a tablet. Everyone dabbling with 3D ends up losing money because consumers don't want 3D, especially the crazy, magic-eye sort of 3D that's on devices like Nintendo 3DS. Probability: 0/10
  • Siri on the iPad 3 I am absolutely confident that the iPad 3 will have the Siri voice assistant built in. It's unthinkable that it wouldn't. Probability: 10/10
  • Bigger battery Very likely given that the new device will put more pressure on the battery. That said, I don't think we'll see a significant bump in battery life. Probability: 10/10
  • Quad-core CPU Bumping the processor up to a quad-core makes sense when you consider that the iPad is now a portable gaming platform, but a quad-core CPU would put a lot of pressure on the battery. Unless Apple can squeeze a bigger battery into the shell, this might not happen this time around. Probability: 6/10
  • Better cameras Quite likely, the iPhone 4S has a superb set of cameras and they would be great on the iPad 3. Probability: 9/10
  • Capacity bump A 128GB iPad 3 would be nice ... but I wonder if hat wouldn't bump the price up too high. Maybe adding 128GB to the existing line up. Probability: 6/10
  • NFC Pundits are desperate for iDevices to become NFC capable. Many see it as revolutionizing payments and authentication. Problem is, NFC, or at least the idea behind NFC, isn't new, and it's the latest in a long line of ideas that never really took off. Probability: 2/10
  • iPad 2S Who cares what it's called? If it's mostly evolutionary then it could well be called the 2S. But as has been demonstrated with the iPhone 4S, naming doesn't matter that much. Probability: 4/10
  • iPad 3 will have a stylus No way, forget it! Probability: 0/10

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  • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

    I'm not sure why people hate on the stylus, after all, it's one of the major reasons I bought a Windows tablet. It's nice to be able to digitally take notes in class with OneNote and EverNote, and no, writing with a finger doesn't count.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Cylon Centurion

      I agree. I use a stylus on my Android Tablet for just that. Beats using a finger like you are 3 year old finger painting.
      bobiroc
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Cylon Centurion I was the same way. I love my touchscreen, but sometimes I just need a stylus for something.
      Aerowind
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Cylon Centurion well that's easy to solve with an ipad, simply purchase one of the many third party styluses available. I use one when at conferences for note making.
      MankyManning
      • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

        @MankyManning

        That's the thing though, there's obviously demand for it, yet Apple continues to ignore it.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • So?

        @Cylon Centurion... Obviously Apple does not feel it fits into their KISS theme for mobility but if a third party wants to make it available and some people want it its all good is it not? Also this makes for more jobs related to the iPad and "IF" Apple all of a sudden did so we'd have article written about evil Apple taking food out of people's mouths at the form stylus vendor company that had to close it's doors. You can't win for loosing.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
  • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

    [b]* Paying $700 for an iPad3[/b]
    All signs point to yes that its still overpriced
    [i]Probability: 10/10[/i]
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Loverock Davidson-

      I do have to agree with the price ranges on the iPad. It's insane for how much Apple sells these things for, for how little they do overall.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

        @Cylon Centurion

        And then don't forget the whole Post-PC revolution that is happening where some people purchase keyboards and other accessories for their iPad just to make it feel more like a small light laptop
        bobiroc
      • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

        @Cylon Centurion
        +1 Also another question to ponder is will Apple lower the ipad2 price once the ipad3 launch. This would seem to be a good business sense to add pressure to Amazon and the Kindle Fire price points. If people see they can buy an ipad for say $250 and the fire is $199 they will spring for the little extra. Amazon already has the fire priced @ loss since they bank on selling the Amazon store and not the hardware itself.
        MLHACK
      • What little they do or they do more than enough?

        @Cylon Centurion... For many an average consumer of tech a desktop PC is overkill for their needs/wants. The whole Post PC question is based on the PC being a desktop and a tablet well NOT being a PC which I disagree with on its face. To me the tablet is a PC as well as a smartphone. However my running theory is that many if not most consumers don't need a desktop it can do more but that "more" is something they will never do so it's a waist to own and or have one. A tablet will do a lot of people just fine as their main system. Also I'm betting the the new iPad 3 like the iPad 2 before it will be more powerful and more capable than the one which came before it including perhaps a more capable or upgraded OS? <br><br>Pagan jim
        James Quinn
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Loverock Davidson-
      Apple's competitors would love to see that. Apple will not open that door for its' competitor, so yes there will be a high end model in the $700 range and yes there will be an entry level iPad3 in the $500 range. The real question is "will the iPad 2 stay in production with a price drop into the $350 range?"
      YaBaby
  • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

    I really don't see the need for NFC with a tablet. I never take my tablet into a store with me and to me it would just be a useless feature that is worthless. I always have my droid on me and putting it in a phone just makes more sense than a tablet.
    Brooks Fancher
    • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

      @Brooks Fancher <br><br>Your in a museum, a display has a NFC tag, you tag it on your Ipad, boom... information about whatever that stand is about is on your ipad...<br><br>Its not just about payments.
      danjames2012
      • RE: iPad 3 rumor roundup

        @danjames2012
        That is what the London museum is doing
        http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/Explore-online/NFC.htm
        Loverock Davidson-
  • Apple Users = Upgrade Cashcows

    How can you give money to a company that needs you to buy an iPad3 to run Siri when the iPad2 is more than capable of running it.
    Apple treating its user base as upgrade cashcows.
    Rape the customers, pay the shareholders.
    warboat