Apple’s iPad 2 is turning 1 in a couple of months, so everyone is expecting the Cupertino company to announce a new tablet really soon. In fact, we’ve already heard that the iPad 3 (or whatever its official name is going to be) may start shipping in March.
And now Bloomberg is reporting that iPad 3 “mass production began at the start of this month, with factories running 24 hours a day in China”, and the tablet should indeed hit the market in March.
Bloomberg is also citing “three people familiar with the product”, implying that the next generation iPad will come with LTE connectivity, and a quad-core processor (it’s not the first time we’re hearing this).
Another enhancement should be in the display, which could have a huge 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution (it remains to be seen if Apple will use the Retina Display moniker here).
When finally announced, the iPad 3 will become the first major product introduced by Apple since the death of Steve Jobs (October 5, 2011).
As for the next generation iPhone – let’s call it iPhone 5 – this should also feature LTE connectivity. According to AppleInsider, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says the iPhone 5 might use a quad-mode chip (made by Qualcomm) that would provide 3G and LTE support across all “network flavors.” Keep in mind that this quad-mode Qualcomm chip has nothing to do with a possible quad-core processor for the new iPhone – although such a CPU is also expected.
Another thing hinted Katy Huberty is that the iPhone 5 will be slimmer than iPhone 4S (which is 9.3mm thick). I don’t think the new Apple smartphone will be thinner than the likes of Motorola Droid Razr (7.1mm) or Huawei Ascend P1 S (6.68mm), but … well, let’s wait and see.
I assume the iPhone 5’s display will also sport a higher resolution. After all, Apple needs to do something about all these HD Android smartphones announced recently (like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, or Sony’s brand new Xperia Ion and Xperia S).
Of course, none of the above-mentioned rumored features are surprising. In fact, I’ll be surprised if Apple won’t include LTE and quad-core processors in the list of novelties the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 are going to bring. Even Windows Phones now support LTE (with the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II being the first to do so), and the new iPhone and iPad would certainly disappoint without this feature. Moreover, both Verizon and AT&T are offering LTE services, and Sprint (which joined the iPhone bandwagon when the 4S model was released) is going to do it, too, starting mid 2012.
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