Apple Confirms iPad 3 Launch Event
Apple finally announced this Tuesday that a launch event for the iPad 3 is going to be held Wednesday, March 7th in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. The company did not want to provide many details beyond that, concluding in the press invitations that it is going to be "something you really have to see. And touch." This leaves room for a lot of speculation regarding the upcoming iPad, adding to the many rumors that have already been circulating on tech-oriented news blogs.
The message delivered to the press was accompanied by an image of what seems to be the new iPad 3 touchscreen. Apple fans have long awaited for the acclaimed Retina Display to finally be featured on the iPad and there's good reason to believe that we will see this through with the iPad 3. According to supplier sources that leaked information back in August 2011, Apple was placing orders for high resolution Retina Dislay panels. Some voices in the manufacturing industry had expressed concern about the possible technical challenges that Apple was facing with the creation of 2048-by-1536 pixels resolution for the new iPad, which is four times the number of pixels that the previous models had. In February 2012, further details regarding the new display leaked on the internet, with the website MacRumors clarifying that the new resolution will be twice as good as that of the iPad 2.
The iPad is among Apple's most successful products, taking over 80% of the tablet computer market share in the United States in 2011 and having sold over 50 million units worldwide. The iPad 3 undoubtedly ranks among the most anticipated gadgets of the year, with analysts expecting it to sell up to 10 million units within just a few months. In spite of numerous attempts from the press to obtain some exciting inside info, the new iPad features are still shrouded in mystery, as Apple strives to take the market by surprise. Nonetheless, techies expect the Apple tablet to boast a brand new ARM-based processor. According to fashQ, some of the expected iPad 3 features also include a dual core A5X processor and a 1080 camera equipped with an image stabilization feature. Although there was some speculation about who is manufacturing these new chips, some sources suggested in late 2011 that Apple is sticking to Samsung as their primary supplier. The iPad 3 will become available for purchase in the US in mid-March and is expected to be launched in Europe and Japan sometime during April.