Tuesday, February 14, 2012

iPad 3 Announcement Coming March 7

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We have a news for Apple lovers, now we have news about iPad 3 announcement.

It’s been quite a busy Monday evening since our daily recap was put to bed, particularly for those waiting on the rumored iPad 3 next month. A rumor about the announcement date was quickly confirmed, followed by additional confirmation that the next iPad will come packing 4G LTE for AT&T and Verizon.

MacRumors has collected a volley of Monday night rumors about the next iPad, with iMore reporting that the announcement itself will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 -- just a hair over three weeks from today. That date was just as quickly confirmed by Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop, who quoted the iMore post and replied with a simple “Yep.” Given Dalrymple’s own sources inside Apple, that’s probably all the confirmation one should need.

But the guessing game doesn’t end there! The iPad 3 has widely been rumored to come packing 4G LTE radios, which The Wall Street Journal is confirming with a report also published on Monday night.

“Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up,” the report reads. “Apple Inc. appears to be planning to announce the latest version of its tablet computer in the first week of March, according to another person briefed on the matter. Whether other carriers will also sell the device couldn't be learned.”

The real question is how the next iPad will handle traditional 3G, given that LTE hasn’t gained any significant traction overseas to date. The report notes that a 4G LTE-equipped iPad would automatically switch to a “slower network technology” (presumably 3G or even EDGE, where available) when LTE isn’t available.

You probably already know the rest of the iPad 3 story: 2048x1536 Retina Display, quad-core A6 processor and likely beefed up GPU. Is that credit card in your wallet or purse getting warm yet…?

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