Much like CES 2011, CES this year was replete with a large selection of tablet devices keen on stealing away marketshare from the iPad. But not one to rest on their laurels, Apple is already gearing up to release its next-gen iPad, with the latest rumors pointing to a release sometime in early April.
Feature wise, the iPad 3 will feature the Retina Display that first debuted on the iPhone 4. In addition, it will reportedly house a quad-core A6 processor, according to a recent report from Bloomberg. What’s more, and in our opinion more tantalizing than a Retina Display, the iPad 3 will offer 4G LTE support.
Now Apple has been quite transparent as to why they’ve yet to release an LTE iPhone 4. You might recall that Tim Cook once explained that LTE chipsets are huge battery drains and that their clunky design would have forced Apple to make design compromises it wasn’t comfortable with. Clearly, with the iPad’s incredible battery life in tow, Apple doesn’t have those same concerns with respect to the iPad.
Apple is bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone because the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology, said one of the people.
The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions, the person said. The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material, according to the person. Videos begin playing.
Lastly, the report claims that iPad 3 manufacturing kicked off just a few weeks ago and will continue to ramp up through February when production elements will hit full capacity.