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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week of Feb. 14

John Cox | Feb. 16, 2012
March Madness is already infecting the iOSsphere in February, as rumors ignite about launching the Next iPad in just three weeks.

March Madness is already infecting the iOSsphere in February, as rumors ignite about launching the Next iPad in just three weeks.

This week: the iOSsphere lusts for LTE, Apple orders zillions of iPad 3 screens, Jonathan Geller and the Cloud of Knowing, subtle differences in the iPad 3 back cover reveal...subtle differences in the iPad 3 back cover.

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"If these reports are true, Apple is thinking big for its new tablet."

~Jake Smith, 9t05Mac, on the importance of relabeling "rumors" as "reports" to justify stating the obvious as a startling insight.


iPad 3 will be announced in first week of March

Forget college basketball. This year, March Madness means the iPad 3 launch. And we can thank "sources" for this information, according to John Paczkowski, of the All Things D blog for The Wall Street Journal. 

Subsequent posts throughout the iOSsphere now narrow The Day to March 7. You can expect to see soon new posts giving detailed historico-cultural-politico-economic analysis of the relative merits of Apple announcing on a Wednesday vs. Tuesday, or Monday, or Thursday....

Whatever day it is, it will be a special event, "presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple's preferred location for big announcements like these, Paczkowski writes. The sources couldn't or didn't give him any information on when the Next iPad will go on sale, "though my guess is retail availability will follow roughly the same schedule as that of the iPad 2: Available for purchase a week or so after the event," Paczkowski writes.

And the sources say you should expect what the rumors, guesses, and fantasies -- though Paczkowski calls these "reports" -- have been telling you: a "device similar in form factor to the iPad 2, but running a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it." That's twice the iPad 2's current resolution but still quite a bit less in pixel density than the current iPhone 4S Retina Display.

"If 2011 was the year of the iPad 2, will 2012 be the year of the iPad 3?" asks Paczkowski, lobbing what journalists BDE (Before the Digital Era) used to call a "softball." The answer: "Said a source familiar with the device: 'What do you think?'"

iPad 3 will have LTE for sure

Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Verizon and AT&T, which are the only two U.S. mobile carriers offering the 3G iPad 2, will sell an iPad 3 model that runs on their 4G/LTE cellular networks. The reporters couldn't discover whether the other big mobile carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile USA, will also sell it.


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