The iPad 3 is just two weeks away from its rumoured launch date, and the rumours and leaks continue – a shell here, a chip or two here. Let’s have a look at how the iPad 3 is shaping up.
CPU and Graphics
The iPad 3 now looks like it’ll likely come with a dual core, rather quad-core processor. Even with that disappointing news based on the examination of an iPad 3-based ARM A5X chip, it should still post significantly improve performance. Games will be affected the most, with the inclusion of a stronger graphics chip. This is necessary for driving the higher resolution display, detailed below.
One of the most well regarded rumours is the Retina Display. As Mac Rumors have examined an reputed iPad 3 display and found it fit the 2048 x 1536 requirements at that same 9.7″ diagonal, I’d be really surprised to see the iPad 3 announced with anything else here. That means you’ll be able to enjoy a pixel per inch count of about 264, which is a massive upgrade but still comes below the iPhone 4’s count of 326 pixels per inch.
The iPad 3 looks like it’ll come with the same 8 megapixel back-lit camera found in the iPhone 4S, according to a Hong Kong based blog. That’ll be a massive upgrade over the current camera, which is currently rated at approximately 0.7 megapixels. We are also quite likely to see an upgrade to the iPad 3’s front facing camera, probably to support at 1080p video chat.
Size and Shape
The iPad 3 is expected to come with a thicker, but more tapered shell thanks to its extra-HD screen. It still remains a fairly svelte tablet, though.
LTE / 4G Connectivity
Wil it or won’t it? We don’t know for sure, with rumours flying both ways. The common consensus nowadays is that it’s a long shot, but I suppose if you’re in the UK it doesn’t matter anyway – we won’t expect LTE networks to be deployed here until 2015 at the earliest.
So that’s it then – the iPad 3 rumour roundup. With upgraded specifications across the board, the iPad 3 could be a brilliant piece of work. What do you think – is it worth waiting until March 7th to pick one up? Let us know via the comments below.