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Lovely iPad Rumors of the Day: iPad 3 Out this Year with Near Retina Display Upgrade

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Today there are further reports circulating that indicate the release of a new iPad model in the last quarter of this year. This rumor has been around off and on since late last year and doesn’t seem to ever completely go away.

There seems to be a lot of consensus around two major reasons for this release timing: to crush the new crop of iPad rivals (the first real competition) that are coming out this summer; and to switch the iPad annual refresh cycle to take full advantage of the more target-rich winter holiday period. Both of those seem plausible enough to me.

Also getting a lot of coverage today is the discovery of images in the iOS 5 beta that show doubled-up resolution (to 2048X1536) and quadruple the number of pixels for the iPad. This is fueling further speculation that the iPad 3 will have a greatly improved display, up to near ‘Retina’ quality.

Honestly, I think the major display upgrade for the iPad 3 is one of those rumors that Vegas probably would no longer take bets on, as in there’s almost no chance at all that Apple would release a next-gen iPad without that upgrade.

Although it gets tiresome trying to wade through Apple and iPad rumors at times, I’m always happy to see the iPad 3 ones, as I hope the persistence of these means the odds are increasing that we’ll see it before the end of the year.

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Lovely-ish iPad Rumor of the Week: FaceTime Over 3G If Carriers Allow It

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9to5Mac have been seeing some evidence that using FaceTime over 3G may become an option in iOS 5 – including the screenshot shown above, submitted by one of their readers.

Here’s the not so fun part of this rumor:

but it will be up to carriers to allow it (like Tethering or VoIP apps)

It would be nice to see FaceTime available all the time, not just when you’ve got a WiFi connection – but judging by how ridiculously long we waited for AT&T to support tethering, I’d say AT&T users won’t want to hold their breath on this one.

Also, 3G FaceTime would be cool, but what would be far, far better would be to hear that Apple is making some progress on making it cross-platform. As long as it remains iOS and Mac only it’s going to be more of (rather lame) novelty than a powerful feature, and it certainly won’t compete with Skype unless Microsoft finds a way to bugger up its open-ness.

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