Apple Will Announce The iPad 3 In Early February [Rumor]



The iPad 3 is widely anticipated to hit store shelves in March, about a year from the date that the iPad 2 first debuted. Apple’s next-gen tabled it expected to pack a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, an A6 SoC and (possibly) 4G LTE support. Now a new report suggests that we’re just a few short weeks away from getting our first look at the iPad 3.

According to a report from Japanese blog Macotakara, the iPad 3 launch event will take place in early February, citing sources in the U.S. and Asian supply chains saying the iPad 3 will go on sale in early March.

Last year, Apple announced the iPad 2 in early March, putting it on sale roughly a week and a half later. Why would Apple need a longer announcement window this time?

Simple. Because Apple’s jumping the resolution of the iPad 3 to Retina Display quality, Apple wants to give developers enough time to make their existing iPad apps compatible with the iPad 3 so there’s a library of Retina Display apps available at launch.

When the iPad 3 goes on sale in early March, it is also anticipated that the iPad 2 will undergo a price cut, similar to the price cuts Apple makes with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, in order to compete with less expensive tablets like the Kindle Fire.

  • joewaylo

    Nah. They will make it HSPA+. They want to reserve the LTE honor for the iPhone 5. I won’t be getting iPhone 5 though. iPhone 5S would be the next in line for me thanks to the 18 month calling presented by AT&T.

  • techgeek01

    Yeah.  I don’t think LTE is made efficient enough yet.  But then again, I believed I saw a LTE tablet (made by samsung?) that got really good battery life. 

  • Warren Tabolt

    I’m no journalist, but when spreading a rumor you should try to keep definitive concepts like “will” out of the title, it takes away from your credibility…oh wait, this is a Brownlee article, I should have guessed

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  • bagongbuhay

    I think if they put [Rumor] at the end of the headline, it makes it fairly clear to readers it is in fact rumor based.

  • ADimensionOfMind

    Hope you’re right can’t wait eep!  Sorry must tame the raging fanboy that dwells within : )

  • Warren Tabolt

    Still misleading and unprofessional if you ask me.

  • BB Caspian

    No news on the developer’s side. So I don’t thing there’s such thing as retina display yet for ipad 3.