It’s getting close to the end of 2011 now – and of course the iPad 3 rumors are starting to heat up. Since the original iPad launched in April (of 2010) and the iPad 2 launched in March (of this year), and since Apple tends to follow regular refresh cycles for its products, it’s not rocket science to predict that the next-gen iPad should be released somewhere close to the fist quarter of next year.
This week’s iPad 3 rumors suggest an early release within that timeframe though. In fact the latest ones – based on an analyst report out of Citigroup – says we should expect the iPad 3 release in February of 2012.
It’s said the iPad 3 will have the much-anticipated retina display at 2048X1536. That seems almost a given by now. Some recent rumors also say the iPad 3 will be thicker while maintaining its 9.7 inch screen size and compatibility with Apple’s Smart Covers.
My quick reaction to these:
Retina Display – let me think about that for less than a second. Yes please!
February release: Yes please with bells on, and also Holy Crap best start saving a few pennies.
Compatibility with Smart Covers: Definitely a big Yes. I don’t consider the smart cover an accessory anymore – it’s more like an essential part of my iPad 2.
Thicker: Ah, not so much. I’d rather if we keep going thinner as far as possible without battery life or other major performance factors suffering.
What do you all think of these latest iPad 3 rumors?