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The iPad 3's big feature will be Retina Display

Rumors regarding the iPad 3's introduction and release dates began circulating back in December, with many suspecting that the iPad 2 successor would make an appearance in February 2012. However, All Things D has reported that an event to introduce the iPad 3 will take place during the first week of March.

The iPad 3 event will be held in San Francisco, California during the first week of March, according to All Things D. Some suspect that Apple will present its latest tablet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple usually makes its huge product announcements.

The iPad 3, which is still not the confirmed name of the tablet, is expected to resemble the iPad 2 as far as shape and size, but differ as far as what's under the hood. The big difference will be the Retina Display, offering a 2048x1536 pixel screen, which is just over 3 megapixels.

While the Retina Display update is a sure thing, many other possible features are up-in-the-air at this point. There are questions floating around in regards to whether the iPad 3 will have a dual or quad-core processor, for instance. The Verge reported that a dual-core processor is the likely answer after supposed iPad 3 back-shell photos leaked, but Bloomberg reported the opposite, claiming the iPad 3 will have a quad-core chip and LTE capabilities.

Other questions remain, such as whether the iPad 3 will have the digital assistant Siri included as well as NFC, an updated camera, and a 128 GB option.

While the iPad 3's features are uncertain to the public for now, questions won't go unanswered for long as Apple prepares for its March introduction. In fact, Apple is currently scrambling to gather apps for the tablet's debut next month.

According to CNET, Apple typically takes its sweet time picking out the perfect apps to show off during introductory events. However, that doesn't seem to be the case this time, as Apple is reportedly in "crunch mode" to find the best apps that show off the new Retina Display. Apple isn't strictly concerned with apps for the debut, though; it's also working to send its best apps to advertising agency TWBA/Chiat/Day for its iPad 3 commercials.

So far, there's no set date for the release of the iPad 3, but if the iPad 3 is anything like the iPad 2, it will launch about a week or so after the debut event in March.

The iPad 3 launch may be exactly what Apple needs after a tough start to 2012. Last month, The New York Times released its second installment to its iEconomy series, which focused on the poor treatment of workers at Apple's suppliers in China. The report, which cited issues like working long hours with extended overtime, poor working conditions that have led to explosions, and crowded living spaces, drew plenty of attention from both Apple and the public.

Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted the report, saying that Apple cares about each and every worker employed by its overseas suppliers. However, his speech didn't seem to sway the public. Just yesterday, social activist groups and organized demonstrations in front of key Apple stores around the globe to protest Apple's lack of empathy for the workers in factories like Foxconn.

Apple is also facing other issues, such as trouble over its use of its name "iPad," which could possibly ban the tablet in China.

Sources: All Things D, CNET, 9 To 5 Mac, Reuters

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"iPad 3"
By an1m473dph33r on 2/10/2012 10:53:12 AM , Rating: -1
as a computer engineer i would be extremely worried about a device as thin as the iPad 3 having any sort of quad core capabilities given how high the temperature of a quad core gets under extreme hyper-threading. One would assume that the device would burn your hands to hold it for to long, but if not that, then be uncomfortably hot to the touch. This would yield the need for a fan, a device i fear, would interfere with the slim line nature of the Ipad itself as a skinny fan would do nothing in such a thin device. I'm sure apple has thought about this and some sort of heat resistant casing will be added, but as for the fan, i cannot say.

RE: "iPad 3"
By nafhan on 2/10/2012 11:15:32 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, uhm...
--As a "computer engineer" you should understand that heat is tied to power usage NOT number of cores.
--A quad core COULD potentially run cooler depending on power profiles, time to idle, etc.
--Modern tablets are pretty much all to thin for a fan, why are you bringing that up?
--Thinner = heat source closer to a radiative surface = potentially more efficient cooling.
--Aluminum tends to be pretty heat resistant, and a good radiator. Glass is also fairly heat resistant.
--A shipping product (Transformer Prime) seems to do fine with a quad core.

RE: "iPad 3"
By scoob134 on 2/10/2012 11:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
I currently have the Asus Transformer Prime and it has yet to even feel warm. The quad core CPU is more efficient at using energy so it may be cooler than a dual core.

RE: "iPad 3"
By tng on 2/10/2012 11:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
As a "computer engineer" you should understand that heat is tied to power usage NOT number of cores.
I think he qualified that with the comment on "extreme hyper threading"

My 2 cents

RE: "iPad 3"
By A11 on 2/10/2012 1:18:18 PM , Rating: 2
Are you by any chance the "computer engineer" who came up with bozo sort?

RE: "iPad 3"
By nafhan on 2/10/2012 3:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
Bozo sort was way before my time, I came up with fast bozo sort...

RE: "iPad 3"
By Just Tom on 2/10/2012 11:48:02 AM , Rating: 3
Hyper-threading does not mean what you think it means.

RE: "iPad 3"
By spread on 2/10/2012 12:10:46 PM , Rating: 4
Hyper threading is an Intel invention for Intel processors. Secondly the aluminum case can act as a large heatsink and heat dissipator, thirdly if there was indeed that much heat produced I doubt the battery would keep it alive for long. Fourthly quad or not is irrelevant, what matters is the power envelope it's operation in. An ARM quad uses nowhere near the power that a 125W TDP Intel quad uses.

You must not be a very good engineer and I really hope you're not working on any projects that put people's lives at risk.

RE: "iPad 3"
By testerguy on 2/14/2012 9:30:03 AM , Rating: 2
You must not be a very good engineer and I really hope you're not working on any projects that put people's lives at risk.

ouch, lol

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