Hello! Our topic today is a product that is supposed to take control over tablet market for at least half a year. Yes, It is Apple iPad 3. Although it’s just a rumor with no official announcement, there are clear signs of the Apple iPad 3 release. Till the end of this review, you will find out possible specifications (based on product’s competition), approximate release date and much more.
So let’s start with design and aesthetics…
In a nutshell, the Apple iPad3 should feature a new, thinner and sleeker design, down nearly 20 percent in size compared to the iPad 2. Apart from that, there are signs indicating that iPad 3 will have a lighter battery, reducing the weight of the tablet. However, the battery is reported to cost 20 to 30 percent more than the current iPad’s battery, and will also have a longer battery life.
It is also expected that the iPad 3 will have a wireless charging technology, which will be able to charge the battery and transfer data wirelessly, but that is a real long shot call. However we shouldn’t doubt Apple, they haven’t disappointed us so far.
Next thing that bugs the most people is of course the processor and (probably new) operating system.
The current Apple iPad 2 has a 900MHz dual-core ARM Cortext-A9 processor, Apple A5 chipset and PowerVr SGX543MP2 GPU. This certainly made the Apple iPad 2 a powerful tablet and a main competitor in the world of tablets. Now Apple is aiming to make the competition tougher by sporting an A6 Quad-core Processor in the iPad 3. This would make the iPad 3 as powerful as any high-end desktop.
According to Linley Group senior analyst Kevin Krewell, “We expect the A6 will be a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 design, which would be competitive with next year’s best mobile processors. In 2012, Nvidia will offer a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and Qualcomm will have the aforementioned MSM8960, a dual-core A15-class processor operating at 1.7GHz. Fabricating Apple’s A6 in 28nm (instead of the 40nm process Nvidia is using for its quad-core part) will reduce both die cost and power, yielding a much better product.”
So after that kind of speculations, no wonder it is the most expected product of 2012.
The iPad 3 is expected to come with the latest iOS 5, which should be able to host the multi-touch gesture technology. However, analyst and tech enthusiasts predict that Apple would introduce OS X Lion for the tablet, since it will be powered by a quad-core processor.
This would also include multitasking features, such as notifications, task-finishing, app-switching, location and background sound.
Now, the most revolutionary part of this awesome device is expected to be display.
Apple enthusiast expected the Retina Display feature on Apple iPad 2; however, Apple has been working majorly for an improved version of it to include it in the iPad 3. The iPhone 4 currently supports the Retina Display with a screen resolution of 960 x 640. Apple explains Retina Display as: “Developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen found on earlier iPhone models. The resulting pixel density of iPhone 4 – 326 pixels per inch – makes text and graphics look smooth and continuous at any size.”
With the Retina Display feature, the screen resolution of the iPad3 would be 2048 x 1536 pixels.
There are speculations that the tablet will display the 3D view. Although it’s too early to expect features like 3D display, devices like the LG Optimus can record videos in 3D, and output the same through HDMI. So we can assume that Apple will make their move, since their idea is to conquer the market.
However, it is said that the third version of the tablet is delayed due to that same display issues, and Apple is expected to ship the tablet in early 2012. But we will discuss that later.
After all that hardware stuff I think it’s time to skip to the part which users enjoy (bragging) the most, that being features.
First on the list is cloud computing. Apple announced its Cloud services during the WWDC 2011, and will definitely include the iCloud technology both in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. With iCloud users can store photos, apps, calendars and access songs on iTunes without having them to store in the phone’s memory.
Now to the most favorite part for most users-camera.
The iPad 3 should come with an improved camera, since the previous version of the table didn’t seem impressive enough for many users. Unlike the iPad 2, the new tablet is expected to come with LED flash to support the camera in low light conditions. It is also expected to have a 5MP camera with 1080p or 720p video recording quality of 60 frames per second. The technology made by OmniVision will help reduce the size of the table by 20 percent. So as far as the camera goes, I’m sure users will not be disappointed. Logically descendants in the tech world are improved versions of their ancestors.
And now it is time to discuss, probably, most revolutionary feature ever on both phone and tablet.
It is a technology that has been used for a long time (since early 20th century) with the main goal to identify a person. Using a fingerprint! Yes, fingerprint unlocking to be installed on the upcoming iPad 3!!! Apple has already been granted patents on this technology, and is working real hard to make the iPad3 fingerprint proof. The touch screen will be coated with oleophobic materials, which will reduce the oil and fingerprints on the screen.
This will do a great deal in theft protection, surely. It’s not unhackable, cause afterall it works through software, but I doubt people know how to hack fingerprint id. Except for spies and highly trained pros which make 0.2% of world’s population!
And that sums up all the tech-y, geeky talk about software, hardware and so on. Now we move to the final point of this intriguing story, release date and price.
There isn’t any official word from Apple on when the iPad 3 will be released; however, rumors indicate that it will be announced sometime early next year. Reports state the trial production is likely to start this October. One of the major reasons why the launch of the device has delayed is due to previousy mentioned Retina Display technology. It is also said that it could be delayed because of legal issues with one of Apple’s main supplier, Samsung.
The price is the most interesting segment and no one has a clue about it. Again, a lot of speculations with no proof. Well, one side that could bump up the price are all the features and modern technology that should come with iPad 3, which is fairy logical. On the other hand (the one that I prefer), there are a lot of competitors on the tablet market and price 50% higher than average should be the maximum price limit. Anything higher will bring negative critics and less buyers.
And we all know Apple is smarter than that.
Final summation! I will keep this short. Apple iPad 3 is just a rumor, but one that has enough foundations to make itself actual fact. According to all speculated this product will be revolutionary in pretty much all it’s segments, and to be a top seller in 2012/2013.
As for the price, it’s fairly early to discuss that, but if you insist I’ll say 1400 for the most advanced version.
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