Two major iPad 3 rumors have cropped up on the internet. One is a supposed release date, which sounds about right, based mostly on when Apple decides to introduce their next-gen tablet. The other comes from the Wall Street Journal, and involves the smaller iPad we’ve heard so much about in the past.
iPad 3 to Release March 7?
Apple’s media event is said to be scheduled for the first week of March. We’re sure that very few outside of the Cupertino company know what day they plan to show it to the public. The latest iPad 3 rumor says that they will hold the special event on March 7. This is early March and is the first full week of the month. As for the release date? It should be shortly after, but we can only take guesses based on their release history. They normally announce their devices and ship them anywhere from one to three weeks later
A new report from the Wall Street Journal says that Apple may be working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new iPad. The idea? An iPad with a smaller screen (Ahh, crap.). This is again to compete with smaller and less expensive tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which sells for $199.
If the report is accurate, the new tablet will have a screen sized at about 8-inches, slightly smaller than Apple’s current 9.7-inch iPad and iPad 2 screens. The resolution will also be similar to that of the iPad 2.
Still, this may not mean anything yet. Apple likely tests things all the time. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if they tested smaller iPads before we ever saw the original iPad, just in hopes of finding the size that felt “right.”
It’s also worth knowing that Apple is set to announce the next generation of their iPad line during the first week of March. The iPad 3, as we are calling it before release, is likely to have a higher resolution screen than the iPad 2 and a much faster processor, an A6 possibly, as well as 4G connectivity.
Whether Apple decides to go through with plans for a smaller tablet remains to be seen, but they may definitely be testing things out for now.
The iPad is coming very soon. We can’t pinpoint a date, but March 7th sounds like a great candidate for the event at which Apple will introduce the tablet. We can figure that a week or two later the iPad 3 will hit stores. March 7 falls on a Wednesday, so perhaps we will see it arrive between the 14th and the 16th. We will see for sure soon enough.