This morning Apple sent out media event invites that stated “We have something you really have to see. And Touch.” So on March 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (That’s 1 p.m. Eastern Time for us east coast folks) iPad fans will get their first look at the much anticipated iPad 3.
According to industry rumors and speculations, here’s what we’re expecting to see in the new iPad 3.
The resolution most often cited is QXGA, or 2,048 pixels by 1,536 pixels–essentially doubling the iPad’s existing resolution. The result would be an improved realism for games, videos, photos, and e-books. Hopefully this will bring HD screen quality to the iPad.
The front and rear cameras on the iPad 2, are let’s be honest, less then stellar. Apple if you’re going to make people hold up something the size of a magazine and cost $500 to take a picture, for goodness sakes, let the thing take awesome pictures.
With the camera on the iPhone 4S, it’s clear that Apple considers image quality an important feature of a mobile device. With any luck, we’ll see the front-facing camera bumped up to HD quality (improving FaceTime video chat quality) and a rear camera that comes closer to iPhone quality.
Both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4G already feature Apple’s A5 processor. So what’s next? The A6, of course. Improved graphics, speed, and efficiency are the expected benefits of the A6. Graphic performance in particular will need a bump for the iPad 3 to handle all the extra pixels afforded by the improved screen.
Will the iPad 3 be Apple’s first 4G compatible device? It seems likely. Apple has always offered versions of the iPad with cellular data support (priced $130 over their Wi-Fi-only siblings). With the iPad 2, Apple extended its tablet family to include iPads for both AT&T and Verizon. With both networks placing so much emphasis on their 4G data capabilities, it seems only natural that Apple would finally branch out and embrace their technology.
Siri will make the move to iPad 3.(Credit: Apple)
None of the above predictions are earth-shattering. In fact, to brace yourself for further disappointment, let’s run through the inventory of what isn’t likely to change.
Apple’s 9.7-inch screen size isn’t going anywhere. Neither is its 4:3 aspect ratio. Their entire app catalog is designed around these measurements and they clearly haven’t been suffering for it.
Don’t expect the iPad to get any cheaper. Currently Apple dominates the tablet market and doesn’t need change what’s working for them. So you can expect the $499 price tag to stick.
What is the biggest thing you are hoping for Apple to change in the iPad 3? Sound off in the comments and let me know.
+Anderson Curry is publisher of Digital Life CEO and Managing Partner at ECS Media Interactive, an Internet marketing agency. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in the technology and marketing industries. He regularly writes and speaks on brand development, social media, technology, and the emergence of the new digital CEO.