In the run up to the iPad 3 release date, there's a couple of news reports and rumors floating around about what the iPad 3 release will be like and what could happen with a supposed iPad Mini. The iPad 3 release will follow the March 7, 2012 announcement in San Francisco, and there's talk of the iPad 3 also being an iPad HD. So we have 3 iPad rumors being slung around right now: the iPad 3, the iPad HD and the iPad Mini.
The iPad HD could be what everyone has been calling the iPad3, according to Gizmodo, who said "Would Apple name the new iPad 3 the iPad HD? According to alleged part listings from Griffin and Belkin, this may be the case." They're looking at the Retina Display idea to back the idea of new iPad 3 features with HD Video, and maybe the name of it won't be the iPad 3 but rather iPad HD. The iPad 3 price / iPad HD price could go for about $75 more than the current iPad, according to MacRumors.
The story as posted in Digitimes said "The planned launch of the 7.85-inch iPad is apparently to take on Amazon's US$199 7-inch Kindle Fire as well as a comparable model from Barnes & Noble, although Apple already took up nearly a 60% share of the tablet PC market in 2011, indicated the sources." Both 9to5Mac and the Wall Street Journal have mentioned this in the past, and MacRumors has too, and it has been on Spacelab as the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini could go for a price around $249 - $299 as rumored by various online news reports, and an iPad Mini release date is rumored for the fourth quarter of 2012.
iPad 3 features are rumored to include Retina Display for HD video and enhancements for iTunes Match, iCloud and Siri. iPad 3 specs look towards 4G LTE wireless capabilities with Verizon and AT&T, either an A6 processor (that may be quad-core) or the newer idea of an A5x processor. The iPad 3 price is not known at this time.
Find out more about iTunes and iTunes Match in the Spacelab Guide to Streaming Music Services.