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Apple Ipad 3 rumours round-up

Concepts and contradictions
Fri Dec 16 2011, 13:56

AS USUAL the rumour mill has been turning with the Apple Ipad 3 getting lots of speculations bounding around about it. Here's a round-up of some of the possibilities for the upcoming iconic tablet.

Back in August we reported that the tablet will have a retina display with 2048x1536 resolution and more recently that it, along with the Iphone 5 will be 4G LTE enabled.

That was under the impression that the screen will remain the 9.7in it has always been, but one of the most recent details that has been widely reported is regarding a 7.85in screen size to rival smaller devices like the Amazon Kindle. We've even seen suggestions of a transparent and frameless tablet, similar to the Samsung concept we saw recently, which is one of the ones more unlikely to come to fruition.

Other smaller possibilities include near field communication (NFC) technology, a smaller dock connector, an SD card slot, thunderbolt connectivity and strangely that it will be thicker than the Ipad 2. It could also have a new 'digital handshake' method involving invisible ink, which we reported on at the beginning of this month.

These are somewhat uncertain to say the least, as none of this has come straight from the horse's mouth. More likely changes are things like better cameras and a faster processor, possibly the Apple A6 chip. These are the kinds of changes we saw between the Iphone 4 and the Iphone 4S.

It's anyone's guess as to when the Ipad 3 will tip up. We've heard so many different dates that any time next year is possible. The Ipad 2 launched in March of this year so it's possible, in our opinion, that the fruit themed firm could opt to launch the Ipad 3 around the same time again.

We sent Apple fanboi Stephen Fry a message to see what information he could sneakily pass us, but unfortunately we never got a reply. We'll just have to sit tight and see what the cappuccino company might eventually produce. µ


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