The invitations have been sent out (right in the middle of Google's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress) and the iPad 2 sales are stalling.
The details on the invite give nothing away, simply reading "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
Apple's launch of the new iPad 3 is imminent, so what should we expect?
The Telegraph says that new iPad 3 is expected to offer a higher resolution Full HD screen.
Bloomberg believes that the iPad 3 will pack a quad-core processor.
ComputerWorld took a literal slant, saying that if the image on the invite is not digitally altered, then the iPad 3 will have no "home" button.
The iPad 3 could feature the wireless standard Long Term Evolution (LTE), according to The Times Of India.
MacRumours says we should expect a thicker iPad. They believe the iPad 3 will have a 9.5mm aluminium shell.
So whether the rumours are true or not, when can we get one?
Apple.pro reported via Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that a delivery of iPad 3 unites has been shipped from China to the US already.
Whether an iPad 3 is announced, or another gadget, delivery should be expected shortly following the announcement.See more iPad 3 rumours below:
According to rumors, the iPad 3 is about ten days away from its official unveiling (the tablets may be on the planes from China as we speak), and tech site MICGadget might have just posted the first photos of the next-gen iPad. Well, sort of: MICGadget thinks it has a "production piece" of the iPad 3's back shell. Compared with the iPad 2 -- well, the two are pretty similar to the naked eye. The iPad 3 has more tapered edges and a larger camera but is otherwise nearly identical on the outside -- just like how the iPhone 4S looks like the iPhone 4. One slight, slight change: Like many of us, the new iPad leaves winter wearing a larger pants size, as MIC Gadget's iPad 3 shell is 1 to 2 millimeters thicker than the iPad 2. This is presumably to accomodate the rumored Retina Display, which would up the new tablet's screen pixels from 1,024x768 to a stunning 2,048x1,536. For many, many more pictures of what could be the iPad 3's shell, head over to MICGadget (and tell 'em that Jason sent ya!). So: We have an iPad 3 case. In this way, this week's Apple rumors begins much like many episodes of CSI -- with a lifeless carcass. But what would the iPad 3 say if it were alive? Would it be able to speak? In other words, would it have...Siri? According to the latest rumors, and in the parlance of another handheld, advice-giving assistant: All signs point to Yes.
The killer feature of the iPhone 4S is Siri (that's "killer" as in "great," not "killer" as in "Siri murders people"). And while that improved Retina Display seems like a safe bet for the focus of the upcoming iPad 3 ad blitz, we might also see Apple's much-emulated Helper-bot on the tablet, according to some rumors. This bit of Apple gossip was pulled from a poster on Weibo (a.k.a. Chinese Twitter) and first reported by Apple.pro. Basically, someone on that microblogging service posted photos of the glass panel of the iPad 3 and claimed to have some inside information, namely that the iPad 3 would feature a dual-core A5X chip, a Retina Display, and, yes, Siri herself. Check out Apple.pro for the original post in Chinese, which Google Translate tells me is titled "Touch The Glass" (my second favorite Spinal Tap album). AppleInsider explains what it all means in a nice wrap-up. So, when does the iPad 3 actually come out? Well, one website thinks it's got the date, but it won't be helpful to you unless you Sprechen that Deutsch...
German Apple website iFun.de reports that, according to a source "to be taken really seriously" -- and frankly I take everyone who speaks German really seriously -- the iPad 3 will launch in Germany on March 23. That's Friday, or "Freitag," in German. (While we're here, let's just list all of the German days of the week: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag (or Sonnabend in North Germany), Sonntag. CAVEAT: I don't speak German and copied this directly from a german.about.com). Detours aside, iFun is not a website with any kind of track record for predicting these things, so take its report with a grain of -- wait for it -- Salz. Meanwhile, in CrazyTown: Let's talk iPhone 5, just like we have for the last 14 months or so. Will we ever get tired of talking about this thing? No, we won't: The iPhone 5, and its impending release, is the most interesting thing in the world. And so let us discuss -- as we do every day -- when it may finally be released into our eager, eager hands.
Does that headline sound familiar? It should. After months of speculation, the iPhone 4S became the first iPhone ever to be released in the fall, rather than the summer. See, every iPhone before the iPhone 4S -- that's the iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4 -- was released in either June or July. The iPhone 4S was announced and released in October, breaking that trend. Now, a new report implies, Apple is ready to establish a trend: No, it's not trying to make "fetch" happen (it's not going to), but rather, its new iPhones could be Autumn Treats henceforth. Macotakara, the Japanese-language random Apple rumor generator, is reporting that the iPhone will be released in October, starting a new trend of Fall iPhone releases. According to a "reliable Asian source" (that's Google Translate, presumably referring to a trustworthy informant and not, say, the Yangtze River), the next iPhone will come out in September or October, and the iPhone after that will come out in September or October, etc. Great news for those of you with October birthdays (like me!) who also need a new phone every year because you are constantly losing it (also like me!). And it's not just the release date that might be new for the October iPhone. You know how all of Apple's devices have that very distinct 30-pin dock connector, where you plug in your charger on the underside? Yeah, you might need to be buying a new iPhone alarm clock soon...
iMore is reporting on rumors that the 30-pin dock charger on the current iPhone and iPad -- that's where the plug goes on your phone, in layman's terms (or THE HOLES!!, in Seinfeldian terms) -- is going to change to something smaller on future devices, starting with the next-gen iPhone in (you guessed it) October. Obviously this could mean that your assorted iAccessories -- your car docks, your alarm clocks, what have you -- won't work with future iDevices. That's a shame, of course: Lots of people potentially tossing a lot of expensive gear as it becomes essentially useless. It could mean sweeter features on your iPhone 5, however: 4G capability, a bigger battery, a back massager, etc. If iMore is right, and Apple implements a smaller "micro dock," lots of cool stuff could be coming to future iPads and iPhones, since there would be more room to pack it all in there. That's all for This Week In Apple Rumors. Check back again next week for another batch -- by that time, we'll probably know exactly when and where the next iPad will be announced(!).
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