iPad 3 Has Entered Production For March With Quad-Core Processor And LTE [Rumor]

iPad 3 Has Entered Production For March With Quad-Core Processor And LTE [Rumor]

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Bloomberg is reporting that Apple’s next-generation iPad will feature a quad-core processor and LTE/4G data speed capability. The tablet has reportedly entered production and is slated for a March launch.

According to the report, the iPad 3 will feature a hi-res display, faster processor, and compatibility with LTE. Full production is expected to begin in February for an official launch the following month.

The company’s manufacturing partners in Asia started ramping up production of the iPad 3 this month and plan to reach full volumes by February, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the details aren’t public. The tablet will use a quad-core chip, an enhancement that lets users jump more quickly between applications, two of the people said.

Apple is bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone because the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology, said one of the people.

The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions, the person said. The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material, according to the person. Videos begin playing almost instantly because of the additional graphics processing, the person said.

Cult of Mac has learned that the next iPad 3 will also be slightly thinner than the iPad 2, and several other reports have corroborated most of Bloomberg’s claims. It’s been rumored that the next iPad will feature a Retina display for months, and a reference to quad-core processors for iOS devices was recently uncovered in the iOS 5.1 beta.

Bloomberg believes that the iPad 3 will work on LTE networks. There hasn’t been substantial evidence to warrant such a claim, but it’s not impossible. Some reports have suggested that breakthroughs in chipset technology could allow for efficient LTE technology in iPhones and iPads this year. An iPad that could effortlessly switch between 3G and LTE when needed would make for an appealing purchase to existing and potential customers alike.

  • Connor Mulcahey
  • ddevito

    if the iPad 3 does indeed ship LTE capable then that proves that they most certainly could have shipped the newest iPhone with it. It’s a real shame because the poor 4s can’t hold a candle to the Galaxy Nexus’ speed. 

  • Brandon Dillon

    Why do you keep coming here?

  • ddevito

    I own Apple products. iMac, iPod Touch, iPod Video, iPad 2 and and Apple TV. I also had an iPhone 3g. I’m also a registered apple developer.

    Just curious as to why the 4s doesn’t have LTE. I always regarded Apple to be cutting edge. I think the tides are turning, fast.

    Think about it – the iPad 3 will be the first Apple product not blessed by the great one since 1996.

    Yikes.

  • ddevito

    Not to mention this site is catering to us Android fans as well. 

    (Again, the tides are turning)

  • ericthehalfbee

    Where’s your benchmarks?

  • ddevito

    See attached. 

  • ddevito

    And this.

  • ddevito

    If you’re still not convinced.

    http://mostlytech2012.wordpres

    Some don’t believe the marketing hype. Face it the 4s is overrated. iOS copies most of its new features from Android (how’s it feel?), still doesn’t have enhanced features as Android does (LTE, widgets, navigation, etc), and you still can’t Facetime over 3G (WTF).

  • ericthehalfbee

    Don’t see anything. Did you remember to include graphic tests too, or are you going to pick and choose only the benchmarks where the Nexus is faster and ignore ones where it’s slower?

    Did you think about audio performance? Oh yeah, ICS STILL doesn’t have low latency audio support yet.

    And what if we take that 1.2GHz Nexus and clock it at the same 800MHz frequency as the 4S.

    Yeah, great processor in that Nexus. And so efficient in terms of performance vs clock speed. /S

  • ddevito

    I was referring to network speed, my attached screenshot was taken 2 weeks ago. I regularly get anywhere from 15-42mbps down and 10-15 up. 

    No, I wasn’t talking about GPU performance. Yes, the 4s has a better GPU but frankly the GNex runs the best games smoothly anyway without any hiccup at all. Shadowgun runs perfectly.

    As for audio, ICS does just fine, and with my Google Music account I have everything I need streamed to my device in 4G (real 4G).

    Why would I take the OMAP 4460 and downclock it 800MHz, wouldn’t make sense. It’s already downlocked from 1.5GHz. Runs great. Not to mention the GNex has double the RAM. It’s a damn computer in your pocket.

    The iPhone is a great device for most people, I don’t dispute that. I own an iPad 2 for that reason – I bought it for my family not just me. 

    But for power users and tech savvy folks Android just gives you more power. LTE, customization, widgets (seriously why aren’t they in iOS yet??), sideload apps, sideload homemade dev apps (fantastic), file storage (another “why isn’t this in iOS yet?”), etc – the list (and beat) goes on.

    iPhone vs Android is the great tech debate of the last few years – it rages on past you and me. 

    http://mediacdn.disqus.com/upl

  • StetsonG

    Actually, it doesn’t. The iPad has a battery the size of at least four entire iPhones. The main reason that Apple is holding off on LTE (the same reason they held off on 3G) is battery life.

    People already complain about the 4S’s battery life as it is, imagine what adding a first-generation LTE chip would do to that.

    Just like with 3G, Apple will wait for a more power efficient chip that supports LTE. It will also give time for AT&T and Sprint to roll out more LTE areas. Apple wants to ship one phone that’s useful to as large a group of people as possible. Right now an LTE iPhone would benefit Verizon customers and not many others. Next year’s iPhone launch will occur in an environment with multiple carriers worldwide having rolled out LTE in at least some major markets.

    I guess really they *could* have included LTE. I really don’t think Apple’s engineers would have had any problem making it happen. Apple actually specifically chose not to include LTE, and for good reasons.

  • Ronald Stepp

    I sooooo hope apple was able to work out a deal with nanosys for their backlight technology for the ipad3.

  • Shane Bryson

    It doesn’t have LTE for a simple reason. Apple is all about experience. LTE isn’t truly beneficial to the masses yet and frankly is more irritating that it is useful. Apple doesn’t want that. 3G is a stable and consistance network that provides a solid user experience, LTE on the other hand, is hit and miss.

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