Tomorrow is the big day finally – Apple’s iPad 3 (or whatever name it ends up with) reveal event in San Francisco.
Over the last few weeks I’ve posted about some of the more notable iPad 3 rumors, though I’ve never been interested in covering all of them. Now that we’re less than 24 hours away from Apple telling us all about the next-gen iPad I thought I’d share a quick, final rundown of some of the latest and most interesting rumors on iPad 3 / iPad HD Eve. I’ll list them according to how likely I feel they are to prove accurate:
As Close to a Sure Thing as Possible with Apple:
— The next iPad will have a hugely improved (likely retina quality) display.
The latest rumors on the day before Apple’s iPad 3 announcement event include a number of sources saying that the next-gen iPad will be called the iPad HD, not iPad 3. The argument here is that iPad HD is a much clearer indication of the key new feature – a hugely improved, retina quality display for the next iPad.
We’ve seen Apple go with the iPhone 3G name for their second-gen iPhone, so the iPad HD name as a possibility doesn’t seem far fetched.
I’ve also seen a survey claiming that up to 42% of current iPad owners have plans to buy the next iPad, whatever its name ends up being. So I’m curious – how many of you dear readers are planning to get the iPad 3 / iPad HD? It would be great to hear how you’re leaning – if you have a moment add a comment saying whether you plan to buy, you’re not planning to, or it all depends on what Apple announces about the next-gen iPad.
Over the last week or so there have been a couple of ‘out there’ sort of iPad 3 rumors – one suggesting that prices for the iPad 3 (or whatever the next-gen model is named) would be around $80 higher than those of the iPad 2, and another saying the top level storage for the iPad 3 would be reduced to 32GB.
Both seemed very unlikely, and a recent report at 9to5Mac suggests that both are inaccurate.
We’ve gotten word that iPad pricing is going to be the same across the board as the current iPad 2 models which should be no big surprise given Apple’s history – they rarely raise prices. Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the US dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices. … While we’re squashing, the configurations appear to be the same as current 16/32/64GB.
Very good stuff. I fully expect iPad 3 prices to stay at the same level as the first two generations, and for the storage levels of 16/32/64GB to remain the same or perhaps even include a 128GB model as well.
Apple has sent out invitations for its much-anticipated iPad 3 (or whatever the next gen iPad ends up being called) unveiling event. The event will be held in San Francisco next Wednesday, March 7th.
The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has confirmed that he received his invite this morning, and shared the very interest invitation image shown above.
The invite itself is already being analyzed, dissected and interpreted of course – and the feeling seems to be that the wording and the image both indicate that the heavily expected major display upgrade for the iPad 3 is all but confirmed. Just in case you can’t see the image well, the wording is:
We have something you really have to see. And touch.
I’ve been excited for weeks now about the iPad 3. Finally seeing the official Apple event invite just heightens that excitement. As usual, there are rumors floating around that the next-gen iPad could be available as soon as immediately after the announcement event. I wouldn’t bet on that, but I do expect the iPad 3 will be released within 7-10 days after the event, or sooner.
So if you’re planning to get the iPad 3, it’s close enough now to be getting your monies together and selling your current iPads if needed to finance purchasing the new one. In my case, I’ll also be crossing my fingers for mild weather the night before launch day – as I’ll definitely be outside an Apple store circa 4:00 AM eagerly waiting to get my hands on one.
Roll on March 7 and the next generation of the iPad.
Good times. There are now new signs of the impending iPad 3 launch nearly every day. Yesterday, Best Buy lowered its pricing on all iPad 2 models by $50 – so the entry level 16GB WiFi only model now goes for $449.99, and the top of the line 64GB WiFi + 3G model is at $779.99.
There are also rumors circulating over the last few days that say the iPad 3 is already shipping or preparing to ship for arrival in the US no later than March 9th. I’m not sure how credible these latest rumors are, but I love this line at Apple Insider about the upshot of them (emphasis mine)
The shipments could imply that Apple is preparing for near-immediate availability of its third-generation iPad. That device is expected to be officially unveiled at a media event on March 7.
The phrase near-immediate availability is music to my ears. Needless to say, I’d love to able to get an iPad 3 just a couple of days after the expected Apple iPad 3 announcement event on March 7.
Now that we are getting to the final few weeks before the expected release of the iPad 3, many current iPad owners will be looking at selling their current iPad (or an older model) to help finance the purchase of the next-gen model.
If you’re in that mode, you can of course sell via eBay or Craigslist and very likely get the highest price for your iPad by going that route. I’ve never been a fan of going that route, just because of the hassle factor of avoiding scammers and time wasters in those spaces. So I thought I’d share a few other options that are out there for selling an iPad, or any other electronic devices you may want to get rid of leading up the iPad 3 launch.
Here’s three to consider, along with the estimate I got from each to buy my iPad 2 WiFi + 3G (AT&T) model in flawless condition, just to give a point of reference. It’s very easy and quick to get an estimated purchase price at all three:
Apple: Apple has a Reuse and Recycling program for iPads, iPhones, and Macs.
$315 for my iPad 2.
BuyMyTronics: This company is also all about recycling and reusing electronics and keeping old devices out of landfills. They are geared up this year for the iPad 3 release and say they have positioned their iPads pricing to be the among the best in the industry.
$392 for my iPad 2
Those ever-so-clever folks at iFixit,masters of device teardowns and DIY repair guides, have got their hands on the ‘leaked’ iPad 3 display – and confirmed that it is significantly different to the one found on the iPad 2 and its display resolution looks like 2048X1536.
This is the same display that MacRumors took under a microscope last week to offer their confirmation on the upgraded, retina-quality display. In fact, MacRumors send it to iFixit so they could have a look.
With an iPad 3 announcement event widely expected to happen in less than two weeks, hopefully we’ll see an official Apple invite issued any day now. I have to admit, my excitement levels are getting very high now, knowing that we are likely less than a month away from the iPad 3 release.
A few weeks back I posted my initial iPad 3 Wish List. I mentioned around 8 features and things I’d like to see in the iPad 3 that’s expected to be unveiled and released next month. Those included a significantly improved display (which I think is now all but a certainty), a faster processor, more RAM, continued stellar battery life, and more.
One item I left out of that list and that I’ve been thinking about a fair bit lately is Siri – the voice command and dictation capabilities found on the iPhone 4S. Siri is officially in beta and is far from flawless in my usage of it so far – but it is still definitely a killer feature. The voice dictation within apps is especially great.
So I would definitely like to see Siri come to the iPad 3. While the voice command feature would be a nice addition, it’s the dictation ability that would really be immensely useful on the iPad. I also expect that Siri’s abilities will be expanded in the not-too-distant future and hopefully more support for 3rd party apps will be coming as well. All of this makes it even more attractive to have Siri on the next-gen iPad.
What do you all think? Does Siri make it on to your iPad 3 wish list?
Since Day 1 of iPad 3 rumors a hugely improved display, likely retina quality like the iPhone 4, has been the most often mentioned expected new feature for the next-gen iPad. And now, at least according to the clever folks at MacRumors, the 2048X1536 retina display for the iPad 3 is confirmed.
They’ve managed to get hold of one of the ‘leaked’ iPad 3 displays that have been making the rounds of the iPad 3 rumor circuit over recent months.
MacRumors has now been able to obtain one of these iPad 3 displays and examine it under a microscope in an effort to determine whether it is indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina display. Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7" in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.
Once they got the iPad 3 display under a microscope the differences became clear.
However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2. … We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) — exactly twice the resolution in each direction.
Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048×1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024×768.
I’ve said all along that I believed the hugely improved display for the iPad 3 was virtually a lock, and as we get closer and closer to the iPad 3 announcement (widely expected to be Wednesday March 7) I’ve seen nothing but mounting evidence to support that view.
Although it will hardly be a surprise if this latest report proves true when the iPad 3 is unveiled, it is still definitely very good news. The current iPad display is already excellent – with this upgrade it should be nothing short of amazing.
It looks like Wednesday March 7th is rapidly becoming the consensus pick for Apple’s iPad 3 announcement day. Last week we saw credible reports that the event would be held during the first week of March, and today iMore’s Rene Ritchie has a piece up saying that ‘according to sources who have been reliable in the past’ Apple plans to make the announcement on that day.
The credibility of this latest report got a huge boost today when Jim Dalrymple of The Loop gave it a simple ‘Yep’ response. Dalrymple is known as being rock solid when it comes to this sort of Apple information.
As Ritchie points out in his post, even the most reliable of information about upcoming Apple events (or anything not yet publicly unveiled by Apple) is of course still subject to change – but it sure looks like March 7 is the planned date for the iPad 3 unveiling.
If March 7, or anytime during the first week of March, is accurate then we should see an official Apple invite for the iPad 3 launch within the next two weeks.
Roll on March, and iPad 3 madness to accompany traditional March Madness.
Spotted via: everythingiCafe
Wow. Today is a day full of iPad 3 rumors. First and foremost AllThingsD reports that Apple will beholding an event to unveil the iPad 3 (or whatever it ends up being called) the first week of March. They also speculate that the iPad 3 will be available to buy a week after the announcement, just as we saw last year with the iPad 2 announcement and release about 8 days apart.
Next there are a handful of reports floating around with photos that claim to be iPad 3 shells, back covers and the like. 9to5Mac has a couple of good posts on these here and here. Some of the notable conclusions drawn from these photos include:
— The logic board looks noticeably larger than the one in the iPad 2 – which could be to incorporate a larger battery, or just to better accommodate a faster processor and higher rez screen.
— The camera is different – presumably improved.
— The LCD is different – again presumably improved, and dramatically.
There’s also at least one report going around that the next-gen iPad will not have a quad-core processor, but just a dual-core like the iPad 2.
One thing is for sure. Unless Apple makes a huge and unexpected shift in their handling of the iPad, we are now only weeks away from the unveiling of the iPad 3. iPad 3 rumors have been heating up for a while, but now we’re into the raging brushfire segment of things leading up to Apple’s announcement. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date with most if the kore interesting rumors, while not covering every wild new rumor that comes down the pipe.
It’s going to an interesting few weeks – and of course Apple’s unveiling can’t come soon enough.