We've all been talking about it ... now the Ipad 3 announcement date seems to be locked for the first week of March 2012, with the iPad 3 release date probable for the week after that. The big question now is what are the new iPad3 features: of course Siri is obviously going to weigh in heavy after the release of the iPhone and is reliance on Siri last Fall. iTunes & iCloud are Big Daddies: how will the iPad 3 feature the use of media with iCloud storage? Will we see new opportunities for new iCloud apps specifically for the iPad?
The news comes from John Paczkowski at AllThingsD, who speaks with authority: "Sources say the company has chosen the first week in March to debut the successor to the iPad 2, and will do so at one of its trademark special events. The event will be held in San Francisco, presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these. No word yet on a street date for the iPad 3 (assuming that’s what it’s called), though my guess is retail availability will follow roughly the same schedule as that of the iPad 2: Available for purchase a week or so after the event."
Japanese blog Macotakara had guessed at a "strange" Apple event in February with an iPad 3 release date in March, but today’s iPad 3 rumors and news seems to have poured cold water on that. We might find out if the iPad 3 will replace the MacBook Air, as mentioned by analysts last week. MacBook Air people would hate that though, so it seems unlikely that Apple would want/need to show that down. iPad 3 specs heavily favor a new A6 processor and 4G LTE capabilities. An ultra-fast A6 processor would be nice, given the media consumption most iPad users go through, and Apple Insider and The Verge have cast doubts on the A6 quad-core processor, saying that it’s “a significantly more powerful GPU” but no quad-core. Computerworld talks retina display and bigger battery.
Still, A6 and Siri iPad 3 features are the most favored iPad 3 features in advance of the release date, with iTunes and iCloud along with HD video. Huffington Post has a slideshow that runs through iPad3 features and iPhone 5 features based on rumors and speculation, it’s worth looking at. Still unknown but a very fun guessing game: the iPhone 5 release date, which is favored for June at the WWDC, or World Wide Developers Conference. The iPhone5 is juiced to be a big launch, considering Apple sold sold 37 million iPhones in the final quarter of 2011.