iPad 3 to be revealed March 7 - Report

Apple's latest tablet to boast quad-core processor, 4G LTE network support; press event scheduled for next week.

Evidence continues to grow that an iPad 3 announcement is imminent. Today, CNET reports that Apple has invited the tech-sector press to an event to be held on March 7 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center. The brief invitation promises: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

Expect the iPad 4 rumor mill to begin churning early next year.

CNET's report coincides with a similar dispatch by CNBC this morning claiming to have unearthed new details on the iPad 3's tech specs. According to the site, Apple's latest device boasts a quad-core processor and support for the 4G LTE cellular wireless standard.

The sources did not say when Apple will begin selling the iPad 3, but if its release schedule falls in line with that of the iPad 2, users can expect to have the device a week after it is announced.

Previous speculation on the iPad 3 has indicated that the tablet will have a form factor similar to the iPad 2. That rumor mongering has also suggested that the device will sport a significantly faster processor, a high-definition screen, and 4G LTE network support that will carry data faster than the iPad 2's present 3G speeds.

The iPad has proven to be a phenomenal success for Cupertino, California-based Apple. During its October-December 2011 quarter alone, the company sold 15.43 million units of the tablet device. The most valuable publicly traded company, Apple is currently trading up 1.3 percent to $532.67 per share as of press time.

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Shimazuxi
Shimazuxi

Not a big deal, just skip generations. I got an iPad2, I prolly won't upgrade till 4 or 5. You're not supposed to get -every- gen of something, I mean look at phones, they're 2 year contracts, you're not getting the 4, 4s, 5, etc. You will get a 4, then a 5, or a 4S, thena 5S most likely. I don't regret an iPad 2, iPad 3 is good for people who need to upgrade from vanilla. *Cough* but Siri, Retina, QuadCore WHEN YOU CAN ONLY HAVE 1 APP LOADING AT A TIME, is hardly worth a new Gen.

csofran2
csofran2

@Neolostars Because it's awesome.

demonic_85
demonic_85

Quad core eh? Most of the rumors i've heard say that it's going to have a beefier version of the current A5 dual core.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I use to wonder what the point of tablets were... why not just get a laptop I would ask myself. Well, I now know why. At work my desktop can outperform every laptop imaginable and a much more reasonable price. I don't need to carry around that sort of power if I can just remote desktop to it. Tablets let me go to a meeting and still get back to my actual fast computer. Second, in terms of gaming, I'm playing a PS3 port right now on my iPhone. It works great. It would work even better on new hardware with a better resolution and such. I've dumped 50 hours or more into the game and I would like to see more games like this. Add in a bluetooth controller or something and it might as well be a portable console that still can be used for more than games unlike the Vita... yeah I know the Vita 'can' do more than games, but who is going to support that? The iPad already has all the support it needs and more.

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

why do (would?) people still buy this thing?

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

@Freezezzy How often do other companies up date their products vs the once a year that apple does? Most computer manufacturers "obsolete" your computer 6 times a year. I'm not sure about phones but I think HTC comes out with at least 2 phones a year vs 1 new iphone per year. New ipads come out in March-new iphones august/September-new laptops September/October, it's not like it is unpredictable.

Owl064
Owl064

what next a Ipad-1000?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Freezezzy Planned obsolescence could also be called progress. Otherwise why would I ever look at a new TV, PC, cellphone or gaming system? If you have any one of these devices, odds are, unless you drop it in the toilet, it does the job for you. Yet i'm always on the look out for tech which is newer, more innovative, and more efficient. That said, I'd hardly call my iPad 2 obsolete. I won't be picking up an iPad 3, but I'm glad to see They are always looking to improve for when I do.

hella_epic
hella_epic

what the.......I got an IPad 2 last month.........IMAD!!!!!

groowagon
groowagon

i thought the iPad2 had all the hardware power needed for the latest and upcoming apps, so i wonder why this is needed... let's see what they have to say. "it has a talking monkey app integrated, and it's gonna change YOUR world! perplexing! expect to be mezmerized!" oooh yeah... they can sell it to you. just you wait.

franzito
franzito

I heard iPad 4 is due to November, but, since I didn't buy the 2nd one, should I wait for the 5th..!..?

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

one does not simply turn into iDiot

soulless4now
soulless4now

I bet the people who bought one during the holidays are raging now.

banana23man
banana23man

I was gonna type a whole argument against apple products but there was so much to say that I didn't know where to begin. So, I shall go back to my Kindle Fire that does almost everything that an ipad can do (and it's a dedicated ebook reader), and my not-at-all-overpriced laptop.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

@PixelAddict It's hard to celebrate a product that'll be obsolete within a year, or less, and I believe that's the biggest issue many people have with Apple products. That, and the incredible amount of waste that's generated when people upgrade to the latest one, and the old ones are thrown away. If they released a phone/tablet that had the option to upgrade by adding to the present model, instead of just trading it in and buying the new one, then I think there'd be cause for celebration, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it's more profitable to sell a brand new product instead of selling upgrades to the present one, and the sooner they can get a new product out there, the sooner they can get your money. It's the same principle that drives the sales of each entry in the Call of Duty series, or in annual releases of sports games. It's called planned obsolescence, and it's something that's been around for a long time.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Stonecutters908 I cannot do on my Droid phone what I can do on my iPad. Well, that's not true. I CAN, but it's more painful. So i use my Droid when I MUST, but would rather use my iPad or PC whenever possible. Also, 16 million 3DS's is impressive, too. Glad to see it. Really glad to see it. Also, also: Shouldn't we be celebrating the advancement of technology, not hating on it? I'm all about innovation, and that means the advancement of clarity, user interface, and experience. I'd rather celebrate than hate. Hate = ignorance.

yalta_basic
yalta_basic

All these people hating on the iPad don't know what it's like to own an iPad. It's pretty nice.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

This makes me want to lie in a corner and pretend I'm grapes.

rechris06
rechris06

iPad 4-6 to be revealed April 8-10.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@LeviHarris Lol, exactly. Who gives a left nut about the latest iPad gizmo when we've got our gaming consoles?

vault-boy
vault-boy

Pro Tip: Don't buy Apple. They make already weak products for a high price that are replaced within a year by their new product. They are on the 6th iPhone and are going to be on 7 sometime soon (the reason they call it the 3g and 4s is partially so people don't realize how many iPhones they've bought and in tern how much money they've wasted). If you really want a tablet, just buy a damn Samsung or something, if you can really justify buying Apple than please do, but saying 'because they got better this or better that' means nothing if you don't back it up. Quick edit: @PixelAddict you know how absurd that sounds, right? The games on the tablets are the same games on the Iphone/Android phones and those are a lot more portable than the tablets and I kid you not, the processor on the Galaxy Nexus is 20% more processing powerful than the iPad 2 along with twice the RAM and the Nexus 1 from 2010 has the same power. Now I will admit I don't know the graphics capabilities but considering the Nexus is underclocked at 300MHz and clocked at 400MHz, the iPad had better be at least 1300MHz for me to even give it a quick glance.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

@PixelAddict Why is that so impressive? There are 16 million 3DS's out there and you won't find many people on here claiming how impressive that is. I don't care about tablets, Apples or anyone elses because I see no point to the device. My Android phone does everything an iPad can do and more, like make phone calls. I can throw any kind of data on it I want to, straight from my pc. It also cost me $60 after I renewed my phone contract, not the 600-1000 dollars the Ipad 3 will cost before you tack on a data plan. The resentment you label jealousy is simply a product of iPad news showing up on a gaming website. Yep, touch screen games are indeed a new way to play. By and large it is a limiting and ultimately worse way to play games. The Wiimote was a new way to play and now Nintendo is coming back around with the Wii-U and its more traditional 8 button dual analog setup merged with a touch screen because sometimes the "new way to play" simply limits on developers.

spyhomer
spyhomer

i hope this means the Ipod 5g is on its way :)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

For those who say "for that money I can buy a laptop"... have you ever even used an iPad or Android tablet? It's not at all the same as a laptop and you will find out quick you don't USE it like a laptop. It's great to look up stuff quick. 1 second power up, 1 second power down. Ultra-mobile. No mouse/keyboard needed. No laptop fits that description. You try to make an iPad into a laptop, and you miss the whole point of using this technology.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I wonder who will announce it since steve jobs is not around anymore

nurnberg
nurnberg

The Itrash 3? No thanks! I already have a computer.

Triton
Triton

Apple has almost caught up with all the different version of the Kindle and Nooks. Talk about come out every other month! Boils down to the have and the have nots.Just be happy with what you can afford. No need in hate'n.

vadicta
vadicta

With the iPad 4 to be revealed later that month.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Sounds great. I should be about 20 hours into Mass Effect 3, busy caring even less about the iPad than ever before.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

I will LOL when it has a 2048x1536 Retina display but doesn't have the suitably beefed up internals to support that resolution. "What's that? Apps can't run at more than 2 frames per second? Whatever, it's an iPad, I'll still buy it"

toddx77
toddx77

I love it when new Apple products come out. Its hilarious to see all the hippies take a break from protesting corporate greed and consumerism to buy the new iphone and ipad every year lol.

AntiH3ro97
AntiH3ro97

"up 1.3 percent to $532.67 per share as of press time" O______O That's a lot.

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Seeing as I never got an iPad, I'm on the fence between this or a PSVita. I never really wanted an iPad until I've used them while visiting my mom up north for Christmas. They are very slick!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

15.43 million iPads are on the market. That's impressive. Hate on it if you want, but know such silliness just happens to make you look jealous.

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

There are a lot of games on iPad... That's probably why it's on a gaming site. Mountain Lion provides Gamecenter cross-compatibilty between iPhone, iPad, and Mac too, so there should be more games to come! Hurrah for games!

daabulls23
daabulls23

I might buy the first iPad, cause it might be worth its value now. Maybe.

NFLrules
NFLrules

Man these things come out every other month.Vita and 3ds rule

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I'll skip ipad again, I can get a new laptop for that price at least 5x more powerful

Raeldor
Raeldor

No thanks, I have my iPhone and my Vita. I'm good.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Why is this on a gaming website? If I wanted to check out cute, overpriced, stigmatized and ultimately pointless gadgets I would go to cnet or something.

-Vulpix-
-Vulpix-

I expect the Ipad4 to be released around Christmas.

omgmike23
omgmike23

Didn't iPad 2 just come out? man i'd be steamed if i bought it.

gc88
gc88

The hipsters are already in line