New Apple iPad news arrives this morning with iPad 3 features that could include a smaller version, to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Galaxy Tab. Digitimes reports iPad 3 specs of a smaller, 7.85” iPad on the way. As for the iPad 3 release date, that's anybody's guess, but the current trend is in the beginning of 2012, sometime around February or March. Our new iPad 3 still exists in the iPad 3 rumors and iPad 3 news nexxus, and the idea of a revamped iPad 2 is also possible given what happened last time with the iPhone 5 / iPhone 4s release.
"Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain," Digitimes said in an iPad news report last night, "to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon"
This would allow Apple to connect with the mid-range peeps on a less expensive iPad, and offer a smaller version that's easier to travel with. They did offer all sorts of iPods eventually ... this could be an extension of the same idea -- variation. We can already start calling it the iPad Mini, just as a working title. New iPad 3 features are likely to include Siri, as well as iCloud and the new iTunes with iTunes in the cloud / iTunes Match for a cloud-based storage of TV shows, movies and music.
We can also expect that iPad 3 features and specs will include the super fast A5 processor, as Reuters is stating that A5 processor production is working over time in Texas: “The A5 processor - the brain in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 - is now made in a sprawling 1.6 million square feet factory in Austin owned by Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics, according to people familiar with the operation.”
The new iPad 3 is likely to spawn all sorts of new iPad app creation, and there’s no shortage of iPad apps out now for music, including the soon to arrive Spotify iPad app and the already available Slacker Radio iPad app and Rdio iPad app. Still missing on the music front for iPad apps: MOG, Pandora and Rhapsody ... maybe they all know something we don’t? Like that they’re waiting for a new iPad 3 to come out to optimize for that setup? Just a guess, but isn’t that half the fun?
Check out more about steaming music sites in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.
In other recent Apple news, a new Apple TV hit the rumor mill this week with ideas of both an Apple TV set top box and a new Apple TV set.