iPad 3 specs and release date: rumor round-up

iPad 3 specs and release date: rumor round-up
Well, folks, it's once again the beginning of the year, which means we're once again close to witnessing the launch of another iPad. However, as always, Cupertino has done its best to keep any details away from prying eyes, so we're pretty much left to deal with a number of rumors and some other speculation. But, our excitement for the third offering in Apple's tablet line is too big, not allowing us to stay still and wait patiently until the company finally lifts the veil off the new iPad. That's why we wanted to gather all the few, but very interesting tid bits around the iPad 3 and see if this would allow us to get a better idea of what the final product may end up being.

iPad 3 vs iPad 2S vs iPad HD

Right from the start, we should acknowledge the fact that there are two main theories surrounding the upcoming Apple tablet: the first one claims that what we'll see will be introduced as a full-fledged, redesigned successor (iPad 3), while the second one sticks to the belief that we'll actually be treated to a slightly upgraded, refreshed model (iPad 2S).

Of course, the exact product name shouldn't bother us, as long as there are enough new features and improvement. Initially, it was rumored that the iPad 3 will come with a quad-core A6 processor - a logical move forward from the dual-core A5. However, some unofficial sources have claimed that it's also possible for us to see an iPad 2S with an enhanced dual-core A5 (A5 is the iPad 2's processor), instead of a quad-core A6.

UPDATE: According to a recent rumor, Apple's third generation tablet will be known as the iPad HD, which is a name that would clearly highlight the device's upgraded display. That same iPad HD moniker also appeared on an accessory listing not long ago. Of course, the name could be nothing but a placeholder, so nothing is certain just yet.

iPad 3 specs

Leaving the iPad 3 vs iPad 2S vs iPad HD clash to the side, there are still other sources that would rather assume that the iPad 3 will have a processor dubbed A6, however, it will still be dual-core, but will have an overall better performance and a significantly more powerful graphics unit. As you can see, everything surround the next iPad's processor right now can fall into the category of wild speculation, and the many different takes on the matter don't really help us determine which one's the most likely. One idea is shared by all theories, though - the iPad 3 will have a faster processor! Whether it will have two or four cores, however, remains to be seen.

The screen is another vital point that's been subject to a lot of debate in the community. Obviously, the iPad 2's 1024x768 pixel, 132 ppi display isn't among the prettiest ones, due to its relatively low pixel density, so having a higher resolution in the new model seems anything but unexpected. All in all, the debate here centers around the question if the iPad 3 will have a higher-res display, or not. If yes, everyone is looking at 2048x1536 px, as this would double the pixel density of the screen, the same way that Apple once doubled the pixel density of the iPhone, when introducing the iPhone 4. If the screen size remains the same - 9.7", and it probably will, that would translate into a ppi (pixels per inch) of 264, allowing for much finer text and details, but a bigger strain on the hardware as well.

Then comes the subject of LTE. Thankfully, everyone seems to agree here that the iPad 3 should sport LTE connectivity (though it's 99% sure that there will also be a Wi-Fi-only variant), compatible with Verizon's and AT&T's 4G networks. For now, Qualcomm is seen as the most probable producer of the chip, though surprises can still be expected. Naturally, the radio is also believed to support other connectivity options such as HSPA+ and EV-DO Rev. A and B, where 4G LTE is unavailable.

One of the more peculiar rumors insists that the new Apple iPad will be thicker than its predecessor by about 1mm. And while that different won't be really noticeable to the naked eye, it sure intrigues us to know why such a measure could have been taken. The answer is that — again, according to those fellas that are said to be familiar with the matter, but no one actually knows who they are — this change was needed in order to be able to fit a larger battery, which, some say, will be able to provide a battery life that's almost twice as long. Wow! This actually sounds pretty cool, and we do hope it will turn out true. One millimeter of thickness for almost 2x the battery life - oh, we are so a-OK with that!

Of course, many people out there (with and without any internal knowledge) believe that the iPad 3 will have an upgraded camera, and we're willing to agree, though we don't expect any wonders in this respect.

UPDATE: Some claim that the next-gen iPad will drop the physical home button in favor of a capacitive one, and they even have evidence to back up that theory.

If you take a close look at the official invitation to Apple's March 7 event (pictured on the right), a physical button is, obviously, missing on the device's bezel.

Of course, whether these claims hold water or not will become known in a very short while.

iPad 3 release date and pricing

Now, for the question that's probably in everyone's head right now. When is Apple going to finally put an end to all of this wild speculation and unveil the real thing? Once again, it's hard to find a single, solid theory that's able to make everything else seem like far-fetched guesses, but there is a couple of dates that are being suggested for us to mark in our calendars. Having in mind that the first two iPads were introduced in January and the very beginning of March , respectively, it makes sense for Apple to hold an event very, very soon.

The more optimistic forecast is that Apple will show us the device on February 29, and will then launch it sometime around March 9. The other prognosis prefers the first week of March as the time of unveiling, and then sees mid-March as the timing for the eventual release. There's one conclusion we can draw from all this - the iPad 3 should come out of hiding by mid-March at the latest.

UPDATE: Apple will be hosting an event on March 7, and it is pretty certain that the next-gen iPad will be under the spotlight. And given that new iPad accessories are reportedly already in stock at some big box retailers' outlets, we can expect the device to be made available for purchase soon after its announcement. As far as pricing is concerned, rumor has it that the next iPad will cost just as much as the iPad 2 does.

And that's pretty much all we have, folks. Now tell us - are you excited about the upcoming iPad 3? What other stuff do you think will make its way into the device? What would YOU like to see in it? We're looking forward to hearing what you think!

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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



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only 'certain' thing about the new iPad s the higher res screen. Other than that, not even the name is certain, given the litigation v. Proview.

2. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

No, the only 'certain' thing about the new iPad is Siri.

4. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Only thing certain about the iPad 3 is that it will sell like crazy cause who cares if something is just a giant iPod touch, GIMME GIMME GIMME

29. micahrahn

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I agree 100% with the Siri statement. I feel like the Ipad is outselling all other tablets and obviously the competion is not that demanding. I would like to see it look more like the Iphone 4, just to be able to see a physical difference.

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

i don't think Apple will have an iPad 2S this time simply because the iPad 2 is already an upgraded original iPad. Makes no sense to just upgrade it again.

17. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

You realize Apple's version of "new" is just updating their old one right?

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I guess you havent heard of ICS.. Gingerbread+Honeycomb= ICS..

35. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

That's what all OS's do though. I was talking more in the sense of hardware.

45. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I guess you haven't heard about ios5: ios1 + postcard app + android notification bar with clueless weather info and no quick access to radios.

5. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I dont know whats more annoying.... 1. The endless parade of Apple rumors or 2. The regular idiots who continue to come on ever single artical phonearena posts just to bash Apple products and point out how Apple users are lossers and sheep!

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

or 3. the endless haters in general bashing on everything is not their brand or 4. the people making all kinds of obvious predictions. welcome to phonearena :P

41. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

On point #3 about the people's "brand". You should read the book 'Brandwashed' by Martin Lindstrom. It will explain the psycology behind the brand madness. And you'll notice the ones that come on here and are clearly brandwashed.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011


38. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

One thing is to bash a half trilion rated company, another is to insult people doing that. Let people free themselves from the psychosis of the 21st century for just a moment. Sadly "bashing" Apple is coming up as last resource for whom don't want to be a part of a post-apocalyptic scenario where the mass is easily being drived by the hype of a thing. This comes out also from a fear we're (even me) having by seeing what's happening - people unable to judge what's better and just going for what the mass is saying. Don't worry: if a monopoly wish would come from G, I'll fear them aswell. At the moment their Motorola acquisition just serves as a shield from the annhillation of the technological freedom bringed by A.

49. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I am an apple user, and I agree with most people who bash on apple users that they are Losers and Sheep's. For one majority of people don't even know why they want an apple product. They just get it, because its a hype. I use my macbook air for school and my iphone for daily use. I thought of getting an ipad but at this point its pointless. Unless if its true that this summer the new updates for mac and IOS will work together where I can move my school stuff within the devices more efficiently, I might get one. But about 50% of the people who own these products are sheep's. over the past 2 years I asked my college mates who have Ipad's on why they have them.. Response is: It's the best thing out there.. Ask them why? answer is just because... Maybe that will be an insight why many people think that Apple users are sheep's.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

'everyone is looking at 2048x1536 px, as this would double the pixel density of the screen' That will never happen. Apple (or, iPomme) will only make marginalized changes; here are my predictions: Screen Resolution - 1152 x 900 (and, the iShē€p will flock to it and swear publicly that anything higher is not needed because of Apple's LCD technology. Privately, they will be in their iHomes crying and planning on how they can save up for 'the next big upgrade iPad 4). RAM - 768 MB (1GB will be saved for iPad 4) CPU - A6 (the cheaper iNferiOr chipset as previously posted on PA) Main Camera (Rear) - will be removed because iShē€p claim never to use it and, therefore, not important. Front Facing Camera - 1.0 MP (will be upgraded to a full MegaPixel just to meet the standard measure so that people will stop referring to it as a 0.3 PixelAted iCam)

9. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I am going to state the obvious here.. your a troll and a hater. I am so sick of idiots like you who just bash others because they are fans of a product. Using remarks like iSheep and iPomme make you sound like a fanatic losser! My new mission on this site is "Troll Hunting" and I am going to find every last one of you and call you out on it!

10. ilia1986 unregistered

You see, some of us - like me for example - actually have a reason for hating Apple. A legitimate one. When I bought the iPhone 4 - I was CERTAIN that in light of the insane Android popularity - Apple will follow suit and make the device much more user-customizable in iOS5. iOS 4 was a step in that direction. But no. That didn't happen. And ever since WWDC 2011 - I've started to admire Android, and loath Apple.

11. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I used Blackberry for 4 years, I don't like them anymore because they're not even comparable to Android/iOS but I don't hate them or bash them. I'm disappointed and I'm switching soon to a full touch screen. There are ways and ways to show your disappointment but hate is not necessary. Just my 2 cents.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Main difference: you have the ability to switch. Many do not.

16. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Can you explain why many don't have the ability to switch? If you're talking about corporate folks using BB, they use it for a reason and that's emails.

21. ilia1986 unregistered

I'm talking about a relatively old smartphone called the SGS2 - which costs 2,400 NIS off contract (~650$), or ~ 250 NIS (68$) of MONTHLY payments on contract, not including paying 80 NIS (~22$) every month as well for 19 more months for my iPhone 4. So it's either 650$ or 80$ monthly. In short - this stuff is uber expensive. That's why I can't switch.

25. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can sell your iPhone 4 which I'm sure will cover most of that cost.

27. ilia1986 unregistered

Nope. The most I can sell it for is 2000 NIS. That's ~540$. I still gotta pay for it 22$ per month for 19 more months. That's 418$. I will be left with 120$ at most. That's barely enough to buy a Nokia S40 phone.

19. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ilia 1. It is stupid of you to get an Apple product thinking you can customize it. Since the beginning of Apple they have limited customization. 2. If you're unhappy with Apple policy there's a big world out there. Get android, blackberry, windows, bada etc. trolling Apple articles is pointless and makes you look bad.

24. ilia1986 unregistered

1. Look at iOS 4. It increased the amount of stuff you could customize on the iPhone. That was a step in the right direction. I believed due to the insane popularity of Android that Apple will allow much much more customization in iOS 5. That's why I bought the iPhone 4. So no - it's not stupid. Just an unfortunate buying decision on my part. 2. Look at my above post.

39. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Still I don't find that a legitimate reason to hate and bash a Company publicly, it's childish. After all it's not that you're using a piece of crap, I'm sure you can survive until you can afford another high end phone, I know life it's tough.....

40. ilia1986 unregistered

I am doing that based on some crazy theory that *companies need to listen to their consumers*. Maybe someone @ Apple reads my posts. Maybe I'm not the only one in this situation, Maybe - just maybe - they will make things right in iOS 6.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Helloooooo....? 'iDiOts'; it's iDiOts, not idiots (learn to iSpell). You got iPomme and iShē€p right, though; but, you already knew that (since you can iDentiFy with the latter).... Apple = ‰ ♥°

14. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

lol... my mispelling is all you have? My spelling may be off but your still a troll and a hater! Your problem is your offended when others like something you dont.. This is why you feel the need to post negative comments directly at Apple users and not Apple products!

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