Read all about it: Apple iPad HD to have more RAM, separate LTE versions; will launch March 16th

Read all about it: Apple iPad HD to have more RAM, separate LTE versions; will launch March 16th
Less than 24 hours before the expected introduction of Apple's third generation tablet allegedly called the Apple iPad HD, sources for The Verge has some new information. Let's start with the tablet's RAM which is tipped to be larger than the 512MB that was on the first two iterations of the device. Most likely, we are looking at 1GB of RAM on the Apple iPad HD. Before we get into some of the other rumors, The Verge's tipsters say that the tablet will have a faster dual-core A5X processor under the hood with the Cupertino Crew (sounds like a great name for a sitcom) waiting for the Apple iPhone 5 for the quad-core goodness of the A6 processor. The A5X was described as being an "A5 on steroids." The 2048 x 1536 Retina display is about as sure as can be, say the sources.

Where things start getting interesting is with the connectivity. According to the sources for The Verge, we could see three different versions of the tablet introduced tomorrow. Verizon and AT&T will each get their own LTE model, the first mobile devices from the manufacturer to offer LTE support, and there will be a 3G variant with both a CDMA and HSPA radio similar to what is in the Apple iPhone 4S. Although LTE chips from Qualcomm can also run on 3G bands, Apple might have had a financial reason to separate these models. There was no word on whether or not Apple would leave the iPad 2 on the shelves as a budget-priced model to compete with lower priced Android tablets.

Last weekend, we passed along a story that Apple might launch the next tablet on the same date that its new Houston Apple Store will open which is March 16th. According to an Apple Store insider who spoke with 9 to 5 Mac, there will be a big Apple Store event on March 16th to launch the Apple iPad HD. In addition to the Houston store, another Apple retail location will open on March 16th in London, inside the world famous Harrod's department store. Coincidence? We think not!

There is expected to be a shortage of the Apple iPad HD right off the bat, so if you are planning on purchasing the tablet next Friday, better be prepared to wait in a long line. And say hello to our friend the barista for us!

source: TheVerge, 9to5Mac via electronista

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

well there is the bar. cant wait to see which android OEM raises it.

16. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hi, Mister Confused here. What bar? The only superb thing here is screen's pixel density, and that in itself is not yet a fact. Regarding the other specs it's just at par with the best Android tabs out there.

30. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yes, the pixel density bar.

38. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

sales bar? anyways apple will always have its amount of market.. android more competes with itself.. the fire is much more a competitor to other android tablets than to the ipad… idk it just seems like you get into ecosystems and then by stuff that matches.. so not a huge amount of android to ios switching...

44. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010


46. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i know right :)

48. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

things seem to be kinda busy lately, and sometimes... there is not much to comment(trolls everywhere) but glad to see some nice people are still around

29. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The android OEM are struggling to compete against the Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's who has had tremendous successfule with their e-readers.

37. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@ardent Yeah, maybe that's why Google is planning on releasing a 7inch sub$200 tab. Look like these is the sweet spot for the mass market.

5. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

ima wait to see what windows 8 brings

7. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hmmm...waiting to see how A5x manages to feed such a high resolution display.

8. coy2013

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Apple has done it again...another "revolutionary" device...this time has the letters HD etch-a-sketched on the back

9. coy2013

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Also featuring a "sue the other person" app Lmao...sorry couldn't resist

10. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I love how they say 1 gb of ram and lte like its something unheard of when most android tablets already have all those features.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ohh you mean those tablets that noone will buy?.... just checking

26. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

I dont get you. Seriously. Explain why apple is so great. No Smarta$$ery. no none sense. Tell me how Android Sucks. and if you have a respectable response then i will leave you alone forever on these forums. But if not. Then i will write you off as a troll and forever disrespect you as a person. What do ya say Galitoking. Wanna put your Apple manhood up for stake? I am an equal oppertunity fanboy. I like TECH. Be it apple or Android. But What you do man. Its just silly. So Go. Explain.

31. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> Tell me how Android Sucks. 1) Poor battery life 2) Android is fragmented meaning user experience is different based on the OEM -- having different skins complicates the issue 3) The consumer has no control over the operating system upgrade process. The current version is Ice Cream but many android users are stuck at Froyo. Recall how Samsung initially screwed 10 million buyers of their Samsung Galaxy line because their "skin" used too much resources. 4) Prior to Ice Cream, you had a version for handset sets such as Froyo or Gingerbread, and another version for tablets such as Honeycomb. 5) No min spec's guide -- the product quality is hit or miss depending on the manufacturer. Android tablets now go for as little as $80 in mainland China or India meaning the quality can be a POS. 6) No where as user-friendly as an integrated Apple iOS - Apple hardware product -- even a 3-year-old can use the iPad. 7) Better apps at Apple (especially gaming apps and better quality control on said apps, respectively) 8) More malware for android than iOS 9) No delta updates for OS updates 10) Not designed with end-user in mind; android devices tend to be frankenstein products that lack sex appeal, assembled quickly to market, lacks premium parts and materials -- although the latest android tablest ARE so much better than the first generation of products rushed to market -- recall the 7" tablets DOAs 11) LOWER resell value, etc That is off the top of my head.

45. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

1) compared with the 4S? android has bigger screens and faster data speeds so something is lost and something is gained 2) android is differentiated with skins, not fragmented, also when the newest version is gains traction the vast mayoralty of apps operate on the updates 3) So the consumer has control over its Update schedule on iOS's? they get updates that offer little to no change, reduce device performance and force the user to move to a new device (3G, 3GS users) same as getting no updates, also you know what control of the update process means? 4) why is that a bad thing? do you think iOS for tablets and iOS for phones is the same thing? 4.0 is just an OS that can be mounted anywhere without any changes at all. 5) again why this is bad? if your budget can only fit a phone for Facebook and reading news then so be it, you don't have to pay for a 200 dollar phone. of you want a powerful device is also there 6) is that so? depends where you look bud 7) depends on the app you are looking for but yeah games are better 8) where? android market? ever heard of their blocker? 9) LOL we get updates with parches and bug fixes they can be really small. 10) again making general statements check the SE phones or the Nexus or the Galaxy line they all are good looking and well built,Galaxy S2 beat the iPhone in a fall test with ease. 11) depends on the country on CDMA USA sure is elsewhere? not so much

65. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

protozeloz: You keep saying real dumb things. It's obvious you don't understand the concept of "fragmentation" -- there are millions of android users stuck on a prior versions like Froyo and can NEVER BE UPGRADED to the latest version. The bulk of your replies also reflected your inability to understand these simple arguments. For example, if android OS already has poor battery life, then adding a faster processor or even a larger display (OTHERS BEINGS EQUAL), you just made the poor battery life worse.

68. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you are the one with actual lack of common sense talking so generally of a wide range OS as if only operates on a small amount of devices, everyone with half a brain will understand that every android update has also come with improved battery performance. to the point I've already shown comparison here is a simple one The Galaxy Nexus With a Bigger Display, a higher clock on its processor and more ram still is rated for better battery life than the iPhone 4S on a package that's just as slim. just because your head is stuck on 2.0 does not mean the OS is less battery efficient. now when over 90% of the apps working on all phones with no issue, whats this fragmentation you talk about? adroid apps even crash less than on the "United" and "curated" ecosystem of the iPhone

49. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

1) My SGS2 last 15 hours, in which 5 hours of it is used for gaming, surfing & facebook straight. The others hours are mostly standby and light usage like messaging and calling. How does 15 hours suck? I am awake about 15 hours a day, 8 of which is in school. 15 hours is more than enough to make it thru the day. 2) Having different skins is what makes each manufacturer user experience different. As much as I love if all Android manufacturers use stock Android to create a consistant experience. The custom interfaces is what differentiates them from their competitors because hardware wise, they are all mostly the same (Most dual core, 1GB Ram etc.). 3) You do have control, it's called rooting. And with Android, if you choose not to update, they wouldn't bother you. For iPhones, the moment you plug it into iTunes they keep bugging you to update to their latest crapware. Remember how some 3GS users raged because iOS5 was so laggy on their phones and they couldn't change it back to iOS4 which was smooth and "works"? If the consumer actually cared enough, he would learn to root. If not, he probably doesn't care, just as long as he can use his phone. 4) What's your point? It's still mostly the same, it's still android. 5) It's to appeal to the lower class. Unlike Apple, Androids are PHONES & TABLETS, not trophys to show off that you can afford it. Even if the specs are crappy, at least the option is there if you can't afford the best experience on the high end models. 6) So you like your products to have an interface made for babies? Ok... 7) I won't argue with that, that's like the only thing iOS has over Android. 8) I've repeated this countless times...If you don't be an idiot, viruses won't be a problem. And last I checked, PA had some articles about iOS apps stealing user data or something like that? Funny part? Android has antiviruses to choose from. iOS has how many again? 1? 2? 9) Oh? suddenly, Android 2.3.3 & Android 2.3.6 are totally different updates? Interesting 10) That's a user preference, at least we get to choose. Slim and slightly fragile or thick and tough. Big screen or small screen, black or other colors. All you get to choose is Thick, small screen and fragile in white or black. 11) Lower resale value happens when a new better model comes to replace the current model. High ends like the SGS2 price have remained generally the same since it was released because it remains one of the best(with slight drops due to the Note and GNex). Lower resale value for old models just shows lower end models are improving so quickly that the old models are so quickly being outclassed, replaced by a new standard of low ends with better specs. That is a good thing (especially for people like me who will never trade in my phones).

50. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Oh and these are just the things that iOS has and Android does better. I have yet to mention the things that Android has and iOS doesn't.

66. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

frydaexiii, you make a lot of really, really bad counter-arguments. First, people don't care about individual personal experiences, they care about independent third party analysis. My Motorola Triumph last under 4 hours on constant use -- states the Triumph's batteries last 3 hours 45 minutes. Second, it's clear you employ the standard android camp excuse: When you can't provide a sound counter-argument, you change the argument. Upgrading the operating system IS NOT the same as rooting. With rooting, you void the warranty -- seriously, how can you not understand this simple concept??? Third, stick on topic. I understand manyy of points goes over your head, but that doesn't give you an excuse to flame. My advise, good back to school and learn the basics of how to debate. You come across as being a neophyte.

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@Civic I think Apple is great because they figured out a way to sell their products to unthinkable levels based on marketing genius, and innovating on the original iphone.... technology moves so fast that is hard for a company that delivers one phone per year to innovate, but now instead of sticking to that formula like RIM,.. they now used what out here and make it better, follow up by again marketing... ex.- Siri,, nothing new under the sun, but they found a way to make it people wanted on their phone... me being a salesman.. just love that... if someone can come and tell you what you need and when... tip my hat to them... tried Android but didn't know what to do with it.. a unrooted android phone is as basics as it gets... 4 G most people don't know how to even turn it on.. now if Apple puts 4g on their devices.. watch how 4G will become popular... genius... that's all I have.

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So even though the products are junk, you like them because of the advertising... Are you as easily taken in in other aspects of life, like the "I am a Mormon" commercials or the endless car commercials? Also, apple has 4G on one device, the AT&T iphone 4S. Granted, it's not LTE, but it's still the fastest mobile data device they've sold to date

55. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I am sorry but i was not talking to you.. never said Apple products are junk.. thats your opinion..bud.. now you are wasting my time

62. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

You know despite your constant annoying ranting on Android, I used to think you might be some techwiz who just happens to love iOS or had a bad experience with Android...Now we all know you're just a dumb saleman who loves Apple because of their marketing BS. lol, Respect points : -9000

36. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Those are the ones i mean. Since when did something have to be popular to work better than something else? I think these are great features, I just do not think that they deserve so much credit when LTE is starting to be expected, and phones are coming out with 2 GB RAM.

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

"phones are coming out with 2 GB RAM" not even the SGSIII will have 2 gb ram.. so I dont know where you get that info

40. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You are right i was confusing some new tablets like the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD with phones. I can make stupid mistakes sometimes. By the way how do you know th SGIIIs specs I am yet to have seen that anouncement.

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