Following the onslaught of leaked iPad 3 parts and rumors from the last 24 hours, a new report claims that Apple is in “crunch mode” as it works with third-party developers to put the finishing touches on app demos for the iPad 3 launch in early March.
As Apple is known to do, a handful of high-profile developers are being queued up to present their iPad 3-ready apps to the world at a media event in the next few weeks.
According to The Next Web, certain devs are working with Apple to showcase apps for the iPad 3’s high-res display and faster processor:
Our sources tell us that this selection process is continuing at an increased rate as Apple looks to finalize the lineup for the iPad 3. There is also emphasis on graphics-oriented applications with high-definition assets, which appears to be in line with the new iPad featuring a ‘Retina’ display.
In addition, some apps that Apple is impressed with are being forwarded on to its long-time advertising partner TWBA/Chiat/Day for possible inclusion in the initial iPad 3 commercial spots. This process is entering its final phase as well, with the company on a tight deadline to deliver assets for playback during the presentation and later, television broadcast.
Leaked parts we posted this morning reveal the next-gen iPad won’t feature a significant hardware redesign, but instead focus on improved internals and a Retina-like display. There has been no word on whether Siri will make an appearance in Apple’s upcoming tablet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Siri’s dictation feature didn’t make its way to the iPad alongside the launch of iOS 5.1. Siri documentation has already been found in the iOS 5 beta on both the iPad and iPod touch.
AllThingsD reported earlier today that Apple will hold a media event to unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March, and publications like The New York Times have since corroborated that report. An announcement early in the week followed by a launch within the next 7-10 days is expected.