"iPad HD" moniker appears in accessory listings and analytics data

With the March 7th Apple event fast approaching, iPad rumor mania is in full swing. As we know from Apple’s history of iPhone releases, there is no guarantee that the much-anticipated tablet will be called the iPad 3. Some new data suggests that it may actually be called the iPad HD.

Gizmodo has been covering spottings of the “iPad HD” moniker in various places. First, some accessories, such as the IntelliCase from Griffin has been updated to include “iPad HD” in the name and product description. While, obviously, Apple is the best of the best when it comes to secrecy surrounding its launches, with the expected announcement right around the corner, it would make sense that more product details were released to trusted vendors to ensure accessories are available in a timely manner.

Even more interesting, analytical data captured with an application known as Tapatalk, has been occasionally tracking traffic from a device named “iPad HD” since April 2011. The device is also registering a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536, which could of course be from a monitor, but it does just happens to line up with the rumored resolution of the next gen iOS tablet.

source: Gizmodo

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1. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

What is the graph showing?

3. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's showing what devices have been downloading the application, and as of recently you see that a device named iPad HD had been downloading the application, well according to this article.

2. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You never know wit Apple, everyone was so off guessing what the "iPhone 5" would bring.

4. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Right? Weren't we seeing accessories saying "iPhone 5" last year before the announcement?

5. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I like iPad 3 better. Calling it iPad HD makes it seem like the only thing better is the screen which isn't great marketing in my opinion. Keeping it numerical makes it seem like you're releasing the next generation and not just adding some improvements to the current generation.


Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Sure, it isn't good marketing to you; you know the ins and outs of the device and are more intelligent than the average user. The average person who wants an iPad just wants it because it's an iPad, and now that it's (allegedly) HD, the enchantment is even greater.

9. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Maybe I'm giving the average consumer too much credit, but I see calling the next iPad "iPad HD" is the same as calling it "iPad 2S" and I think they would see it the same as well. I think the average consumer would buy it just to keep current, but I think they'd be aware that they're getting an incremental update to the previous one.

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@quakan By that logic, the ipad 2 would have been the ipadS, since it had the same screen, but the A5 processor

11. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Well there were design changes as well too, but I was primarily basing my reasoning off the name, not so much the features.

6. Virile

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Most likely not called Ipad HD why would apple do tests with the actual name of the device before it was announced when apple is all about keeping secrets.

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

IPad HD traffic started in April 2011? That seems really early.

12. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

HD moniker will be patented by Apple for sure.

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Ha apple best at security. I remember a certain iPhone 4 in a bar scene lol.

14. Musty18591

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

well after the fail Iphone4s with it's outdated specs and small screen and old design !!!!and its wild sales i can bet if they did nothing but changing the resolution of the screen ...they will sale alot as long as it has the apple sign ... people !!

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Retina Display is so called HD that Apple named. iPad HD wouldn't make sense in that case.

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