Tag Archive for ‘iPad 3’

Apple May Hold March 15 Event ➝

According to Gurman’s sources, Apple should be announcing the iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3, and a minor Apple Watch refresh — probably new bands and software updates. I’m really looking forward to seeing this new 4-inch iPhone and what the company has in store for the Apple Watch.

Update: Matthew Panzarino and John Paczkowski are also reporting the same date.

Joshua Topolsky on Tomorrow’s Apple Event ➝

Joshua Topolsky:

According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple will update both the new Apple TV and the iPad 3 (or iPad HD, a name we first unearthed last year) not with the rumored, quad-core A6 system-on-a-chip, but rather the A5X, a dual-core SoC said to have a more powerful GPU. From what we’re hearing, it’s basically an A5 on steroids.

Their sources say that the new Apple TV will feature 1080p video playback and that their is no question the new iPad will feature a 2048×1536 Retina display. They have also heard that the new iPad 3 will be sold alongside the iPad 2 which might receive a price cut.

I’ve thought for quite a while that the Retina display iPad would cost more than the current model and the current iPad 2 would stick around for another year. Because of the increased cost of so many of the components in the new iPad, it just makes sense for them to keep the iPad 2 around. I would like to see a price cut to $399 or $449 but that might be stretching it a bit.

As I Suspected, the Home Button Was Photoshopped Out ➝

The iPad shown in the invitation that Apple sent out to the press didn’t have a home button, but the iPad 3 that will be announced next week will. Repair Labs got their hands on a couple of iPad 3 digitizers which depicts the home button right where you’d expect it to be.

This [digitizer] controls the iPad’s touch function, as well as includes your front glass. As you can see from our images, not much has changed in the look of your iPad. With the back housing in hand, and now with this piece, we can confirm your iPad will look a lot like the iPad 2, just that 1mm thicker. The picture above also proves that we will have the home button on the iPad 3, contrary to some reports that came out yesterday.

(Via Cult of Mac.)

The iPad 3’s Home Button

It appears that the iPad depicted in the iPad event invitation does not have a home button. The tell tale indicator is the cluster of six bubbles above the Keynote icon. This set of bubbles is only viewable in portrait mode and, when there are five icons in the dock, sits right above the icon on the far right side. That means that the home button would be underneath the Google Maps icon, but it’s no where to be seen in this image.

There have been rumors of Apple removing the home button from their iOS devices but I didn’t think that they would make the change so soon, or at all. It is still very possible that Apple made changes to the spacing of the icons when in landscape mode and/or changed the default background on the iPad. This isn’t entirely out of the question as the new Retina display would encourage Apple to make changes to the wallpaper in order to make better use of the increased pixel density.

There’s also the possibility that this image is heavily photoshopped and the designer made the decision to remove the home button to make the design of the device look cleaner, rather than have half of the home button visible in the image. Luckily we won’t have to wait too long to find out, we’re just nine days away from the announcement and I can’t wait to see what Apple has in store.

Apple Announces iPad Event for March 7 ➝

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple on Monday announced an event to show off the company’s next generation iPad. The invitation, sent to me by Apple, says the event will take place at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Sorry CNBC, but as anyone who knows anything about Apple would tell you, Apple wouldn’t announce their next iPad in New York City.

Bloomberg on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 ➝

Tim Culpan, Peter Burrows and Adam Satariano:

Apple Inc. plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to two people familiar with the product.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s been following along. But, this bit about the iPad 3 is interesting:

The screen resolution on Apple’s new iPad would be about one-third higher than that of the iPad 2 and will boast a more responsive touchscreen, one of the people said.

I can believe that Apple’s working on a higher resolution iPad, but I don’t believe the resolution is going to be “one-third higher”. I don’t think Apple’s going to increase the iPad’s resolution until they can double it.