|Jan 13, 2012, 03:09 PM||#1|
iPad 3 with LTE, Quad-Core Processor and Retina Display Set for March Launch
Bloomberg briefly reports that Apple's manufacturing partners have indeed begun on production of the iPad 3, with a ramp-up to full capacity taking place by February ahead of a March launch for the device. The report corroborates circulating rumors that the iPad will offer a quad-core processor and sport a high-resolution "Retina" display. The iPad 3 is also said to offer 4G LTE support for faster data connectivity on the go.
Rumors have been split on whether the iPad 3 will be slightly thicker, thinner, or the same form factor as the iPad 2, with those rumors apparently depending on whether Apple has been able to adopt Sharp's IGZO technology that would allow for a thinner display. While some sources have indicated that Sharp's displays are making the cut for the iPad 3, others have claimed that Sharp failed to win approval from Apple and that a slightly thicker form factor may be required to accommodate a dual light bar design to support the high-resolution IPS display from Samsung and LG.
Update: Bloomberg has now updated its article with additional information on the new features:
Article Link: iPad 3 with LTE, Quad-Core Processor and Retina Display Set for March Launch
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:15 PM||#6|
Glad to hear that the processor is being updated.
And I don't really care if it turns out to be slightly thinner or thicker.
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— Steve Jobs
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:18 PM||#12|
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Quad core would suggest a tegra 3 like design. If it is 32nm, they are still with Samsung, but if it is 28nm, that suggests TSMC. A15 is very unlikely if it is indeed quad core. I'm interested to see if they implemented heterogenous multiprocessing like tegra 3 did. They may also go to 543MP4 with the die shrink.
Read my Apple A8, iPhone 6 preview and prediction thread here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1770411
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:19 PM||#15|
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|Jan 13, 2012, 03:21 PM||#21|
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:21 PM||#22|
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:23 PM||#23|
Not buying the quad core rumor. The A15 SoC is just not ready (promised for early 2013), and Apple will not completely switch to Tegra after all the work they put in the A4/A5 chips.
Not going to happen people.
|Jan 13, 2012, 03:24 PM||#25|
I've been saying to my friends for some months that the iPad 3 will have the roughly the same form factor and battery life as the iPad 2; however, it will have a quad-core CPU, better cameras and a retina display. As for LTE, I think it is still too power hungry and Apple will not compromise and put that into their product until they can get a low-power LTE chipset.
That being said, I'm starting to cave a little on the quad-core CPU. I think Apple could release an iPad 2S with just the retina display and better cameras and get away with that for one more year. We shall see soon enough.
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