6 new rumored features of the iPad 3

8" iPad, Retina Display, smaller dock connector, LTE, and more, coming March 7th from Apple
Written by Joel Evans, Contributor

I've been covering all of the rumors around the iPad 3, so I figured one more couldn't hurt.

Before I get into the latest rumor, let me recap some of the others.

8" iPad

First off, reports have surfaced that Apple may be testing an 8" display. I previously reported on that, but recently it has been all but confirmed by a "person close to the matter". In all seriousness, the same person that told me about the Kindle Fire weeks before Amazon announced it, mentioned that he saw the 8" iPad working. Keep in mind, it could just be a sample and not actually going to market, but I've got my fingers crossed.

Retina Display

iFixit got its hands on what it believes to be the iPad 3 display. I've included the video below, where the site goes into detail around the screen that MacRumors sent to them. It definitely has all of the characteristics of the rumored iPad 3, not to mention it has a different display connector (see other rumor). If the iPad gets a retina-like display, it's going to be a game changer. See the video below.

Quad-core Apple A6 processor

Other rumors have come out now showing a rumored A5 chip for the iPad 3, with the A6 coming later this year. We won't know until March 7th, but I do think it's funny that we already have rumors now debunking and delaying other rumors.

4G LTE radio for Verizon and AT&T

This one would make a lot of sense for Apple, since it would then let the iPad 3 work on the latest networks. It would require some different placement on the boards, which goes in line with what iFixit discovered, so you never know.

Better front and rear cameras

We've now seen photos that show a larger camera on the back, and even a different size back of the iPad to accommodate. Again, all rumors, but they are all starting to fit together.

New dock connector

We know that the dock connector is a pretty sizable piece in a very small device. Now there are rumors that we'll see a "micro dock" connector. This would make sense, and I'm sure that Apple could sell a converter for older accessories. Given all of the magic that's being packed into the boards of iPhones and iPads, reducing the size of something like the connector would make room for a lot more chips on the board.

Are there any rumors you've been hearing that I haven't covered? If so, share them below.

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