Will Apple Call The iPad 3 The “iPad HD?”

Will Apple Call The iPad 3 The “iPad HD?”

iPad 3 talk has reached a fever pitch leading up to Apple’s announcement on Wednesday, but have we all been calling the device by the wrong name? Some people seem to think so.

Apple could very well call the third-generation iPad the “iPad HD.” The device is expected to sport a super hi-res Retina display and feature faster internals. It certainly wouldn’t be out of place for Apple to change it up and break the traditional naming convention, or would it?

Gizmodo seems to think we’ll see the iPad HD next week, according to alleged part listings from Griffin and Belkin. Accessory makers don’t usually know anything about Apple’s future plans and often make up product names as internal inventory placeholders, but the argument is an interesting one. The Verge originally proposed the name “iPad HD” back in the summer of 2011. Does an iPad HD make sense?

If there’s anything we know about the third-gen iPad, it’s that it will feature a Retina display. This means Apple will introduce a 9.7-inch screen with double the linear resolution of the current iPad. That’s a whole lot of pixels (263 pixels per diagonal inch, to be exact).

Rumors say the new tablet will have a faster processor, better hardware, etc. — all typical stuff for an Apple product refresh. I believe that Apple will set the third-gen iPad apart for consumers by heavily marketing the Retina display. Just as Siri was (and still is) the staple feature of the iPhone 4S, Apple will want to brag that it has the world’s best tablet display at the most competitive price point. Everything else is filler.

What better way to market the Retina display than by calling it the iPad HD? It makes perfect sense for marketing. People will immediately associate the name with a higher quality iPad, and, based on part leaks indicating that there will be no significant physical redesign, that’s probably what Apple wants.

Apple named the iPhone 3G based on its flagship feature: the ability to use 3G data speeds. The third-gen iPad could either go the route of a feature suffix or a numerical suffix like the iPhone 4.

There’s always the chance that there will be some other feature that steals the limelight, but 2012 could very well be the year that the iPad goes HD.

What do you think? Do you think we’ll see Apple announce an iPad HD, or just stick with the iPad 3?

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  • Blake Beavers

    umm… No. Remember the last time they called something by the name no one wanted it to be

  • prof_peabody

    Dumb link-bait article.  Apple has never used “HD” and it’s an over-used, dumbass kind of moniker anyway.  

    “HD” is just a suffix that trailer-trash folk use to mean “better.”  In the 90′s it was “plus,” in the 80′s it was “Xtreme” and in the 70′s it was the prefix, “Super.”

    Also, if the new retina screen becomes a standard then they would have to call every iPad from now till eternity … “HD” (which they won’t do).

  • Mike Rathjen

     I agree 100%.

  • crateish

    Bitter, crappy little blog ‘Gizmodo’ couldn’t predict anything without stealing it.

  • ddevito

    you’re so smart, you should have your own site

    /s

  • Unis Zuurmond

    To me, it seems like Apple is trying to “catch up” with the iPhone numbering. iPhone 3G > iPhone 3GS > iPhone 4 > iPhone 4S = stalling technique. iPad 1 > iPad 2 > iPad 3. Pretty soon, the iPhone, iPad and maybe even iOS will run with the same moniker: iPhone 6, iPad 6 and iOS 6.

  • joewaylo

    How about iPad 2S? They have yet to go S moniker against iPads.

  • joewaylo

    @UnisZuurmond: Too late there. It’s iPhone 4S on iOS 5. It’ll be iPhone 5 on iOS 6.

  • Al

    lol

  • Samuel Shallenberger

    It won’t be called that, they’ve spent too much time trying to get people to call it a “retina display” instead of “HD screen”. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was called the iPad 4G.

  • rockarollr

     It won’t be called that because 1) Not all iPads will have 4G capability (WiFi only) and 2) It’s the third generation iPad, not the fourth.

    There is not a solid enough reason to call it “iPad 4G”.

  • Unis Zuurmond

    Unless it’s iPhone 5 on iOS 5.5.

  • GH

    I haven’t read COM in months, glad to see I wasn’t missing anything exist awful articles!

  • CharliK

    This HD thing is a guess from some 3rd party companies. It has zero relevance to what Apple might use as these folks haven’t likely even seen the iPad yet to know the size and shape. they are taking a gamble off the rumors. 

    And in the end who cares if they call it the iPad, the iPad 3, the iPad HD, the iPad (2012) the iPad Retina etc. Folks will call it what they want and more importantly buy it. 

  • Samuel Shallenberger

    So? They called the second iPhone the iPhone 3G even though it wasn’t the third model.

  • rockarollr

    There. It wasn’t called iPad 4G.

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