The rumored tablet will reportedly feature a quad-core A6 processor, 2048×1536 ‘Retina’ display, and possible 4G LTE chipset technology.
Citing “sources who have been reliable in the past,” iMore seems to think that an A6 processor and Retina display are given features for the iPad 3, with 4G LTE considered as a “possible” upgrade.
4G LTE networking has been another mystery surrounding the iPad 3, with a compatible Qualcomm chipset becoming available, but international LTE coverage is still slim, and in some cases a year or more away. It sounds like Apple has 4G LTE lined up for iPhone 5 this October, but we’re still not certain if the iPad 3 will get it earlier.
A Retina display is a given, with several other sources corroborating the same rumor. It also makes sense for Apple to upgrade the processor to the A6, although opinions have been split on whether the silicon will be quad-core. Upgraded cameras and possible Siri integration could also be introduced with the iPad 3 next month.
Apple has been known to hold media events on Wednesday, so iMore’s date isn’t far-fetched. Whatever the exact date may be, expect a new iPad to drop in the next few weeks.
The very reliable Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has given this iPad 3 announcement date prediction a resounding “yep.”