The third addition to Apples market-leading tablet series is, according to speculation, not too far away, with Chinese manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron said to be working around the clock to produce the numbers in time for a purported March release.
Sharp – a known business partner of Apple – is allegedly creating and providing LCD screens for the first run of iPad 3 devices, and is currently creating them for the March release window as well.
But we dont have to cast our minds back too far to remember that as plausible and supposedly cast in stone something may seem, unless there is an official word, nothing is certain.
Retina DisplayFollowing the screen topic, wouldnt it be nice if Apple offered up a Retina Display in the iPad 3.
When the iPhone 4 landed back in June 2010, we were immediately engrossed not only by its sturdy, sleek design, but that beautifully crisp display which made pixels imperceptible when watching HD videos, playing games, or running our daily digital errands.
The iPad 2, though faster and slicker than the original, lacked a cutting-edge screen to truly pay homage to the great hardware and app development that had gone into it.
Having released Newsstand in iOS 5 since the release of the iPad 2 back in March, and with Apples aim of revolutionizing Textbooks confirmed late last month, we believe the Retina display is a no-brainer, and if Apple doesnt improve on the display this time around, we, along with many iPad users, will undoubtedly be bemused.2) Better CameraLets make no bones about it; the camera of the iPad 2 is average at best and at worst, VGA-esque.
Front or back whatever way you look at it, the camera is unlikely to become a snapper of choice on Flickr – unlike the iPhone, which enjoys more use than standalones from Nikon and Canon.
Although the 4S stepped things up a notch going from 5 to 8 mega-pixels, we reckon youll agree with us when we say that even if a new camera was only on par with the iPhone 4s, wed be satisfied.3) Less Glossy/Reflective ScreenI use our iPad all the time, and whilst its great for keeping connected and being productive (as well as procrastinating), we often wonder whether it would be better off in our bathroom as a mirror.
Although it’s unlikely you’ll be going around taking all your pics with the iPad, it’d still be nice to have a higher-resolution camera for when you do get snapping (after all, the iPhone 4S has a 8MP camera).
The Cupertino company filed a patent way back in 2010 reserving its rights for the Face recognition technology on smartphone and tablet devices.
Popular rumours also suggest that the iPad 3 screen is indeed a ‘retina display’ model.
As a side note, we wouldnt mind seeing some fingerprint-resistance, since constantly cleaning the screen can be a trying task.4) SiriEver since Siri arrived mid-October along with iOS 5, it has scarcely been out of the news and we for one feel a tidbit cheated that the iPhone 4S is the only legally-supported device.
We also never subscribed to Apples initial claim that its brand-new smartphone was the only iDevice capable of handling Siri.
Siri will be coming to all future Apple devices, including the iPad 3.
It was a clear marketing ploy aimed at enticing consumers to purchase a new device which, without Siri, was somewhat unremarkable, and didnt truly offer much else by way of improvement.
Early leaks of future iOS 5 versions seem to suggest iPad compatibility, so while we hope the iPad 2 will also enjoy the perks of Siris voice recognition prowess, at least the iPad 3 should get some Siri loving.5) SD Card slotOK, so Im dreaming a bit, and we all know Apple is extremely unlikely to include this feature since it makes a nice premium from charging $100 per memory level.
The 64GB iPhone 4S has been the most popular so far, which suggests we all want more than these rather limited real-estate quotas in order to bundle as many great apps, music and video as we can.
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