Apple have announced that they are to hold an event on the 7th of March 2012 in San Francisco, the invitation that has been sent to a selected elitist few, has a depiction of the lower half of an iPad, in very clear detail; almost like a retina display and the words, “We have something you really want to see. And touch.”
For quite sometime now the rumours have been doing the rounds, as you would expect, regarding the release date of the iPad 3, so much so in fact, the announcement of Mountain Lion was slipped into the mix without so much as a whisper. To compound the entire saga, expectations have also been circulating regarding the release date and announcement of the iPhone 5, thought to occur later this year.
I think it is a fair assumption to make, most of us have take a keen interest in the rumoured direction Apple will take the iPad 3, if of course it will even be called, “iPad 3.” The most obvious expectations are a much needed improvement on both the front and rear camera, allowing for full HD quality FaceTime calls. The much talked about A5x processor will hopefully feature and thus we will all get to finally salivate over its true potential. Rumours of course for the A5x are that it will be a Quad Core processor, which would make sense taking into consideration latest additions to the App store of the Adobe Photoshop Touch App and their plans for the future. Gaming is another big avenue for the iPad, recent games escalating in graphical display and online multi-player capability.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the Retina Display, already available in the iPhone 4 and 4s, this was a stumbling block for Apple around the release of the iPad 2, primarily regarding cost, however matters have changed. If a Retina Display is to be featured, there will more than likely be an upgraded battery capability. With all the features just mentioned, on the current iPad 2 battery, power and time would be drastically reduced. This of course would lead to perhaps a slightly thicker iPad 3 than the current iPad 2.
But just how much would a thicker iPad, appeal to consumers? not very much I suspect. Is it quantifiable to accept a thicker unit, particularly when we have seen our digital devices shrink in size as time has passed. Or are we perhaps prepared to accept a little extra girth and weight in return for an exceptional visual extravaganza, tempting game play and over all heightened performance. Obviously this is a question, only launch day of the next generation iPad will be fully capable of answering.
I am sure as I write this article, we are all ear marking the date; 7th of March 2012 and will wait with anticipation and of course the obligatory plethora of rumour and speculation, which I am sure will satisfy are thirst for Apple euphoria.
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