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What We Know (Or Think We Know) About the iPad 3 – The Geek Girl Report

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On March 7th, Apple will be hosting a big media event. And for Apple, that usually means the release of a new product. And for technology bloggers like me, that means the rumor mill is in full effect. This time around, people are convinced that Apple will be announcing the newest version of their iPad, dubbed “iPad 3.” Here’s what people are saying will be included in the new iPad:

High Definition Screen (most likely)

One of the big rumors swirling about is that the new iPad 3 will have a new high-definition “retina display,” similar to what the iPhone 4/4S currently has. Specifically, the resolution is rumored to be around 2048×1024 pixels, and there have been several “leaked” images of the new iPad that support this theory. Out of all the iPad 3 rumors, I think this one is the most likely.

Siri Returns (strong possibility)

The popular digital assistant program Siri is rumored to make her debut on the new iPad. She has been a key component of the success of the iPhone 4S, and if she does indeed show up on the iPad, it will most likely cement her place as a permanent feature on all future Apple products. However, there are those nay-sayers that argue that Siri is strictly a smartphone function. Frankly, I’ll be surprised if Siri isn’t part of the new iPad in some form or fashion.

New/Upgraded Operating System (very likely)

The new iPad will most likely come with something other that Apple’s current operating system for mobile devices (iOS.) However, people aren’t exactly sure what the new OS will be. Some have said it will be an upgraded version of the current iOS 5.0, or version 5.1. But other sources say that the new iPad could have an entirely new operating system: iOS 6.0. Considering that iOS 5.0 isn’t even 6 months old yet, (the new operating system came out last October) I think it’s pretty unlikely that it’ll be a brand new system, so I’m leaning more towards the upgrade.

4G LTE Support (looks good)

This was a feature that a lot of people were hoping would be on the new iPhone, but didn’t really happen. This time around, the rumors are backed by a Wall Street Journal report that said Apple’s new tablet would be available on both AT&T and Verison’s LTE networks. It will be a disappointment for sure if Apple doesn’t offer support for the LTE networks, but since the iPad is more powerful that the iPhone, there’s a good chance we could see it this time.

New Design (who knows?)

This one is all over the board. What exactly will the new iPad look like? Early rumors said that the iPad 3 would be slimmer than its predecessors. Others say that it’ll be little changed from the iPad 2. And still others speculate that the iPad 3 will actually be thicker. Personally, I think this will be like the iPhone 4 and 4S: not much of a difference. Although a sleeker, slimmer iPad might be nice…

However, keep in mind that this is all speculation. Apple is infamously tight-lipped about their media events, so nothing here has been confirmed or denied. This could end up like Apple’s last big media announcement, where instead of releasing a brand new iPhone 5 like the public expected, they instead came out with a more updated version of their current iPhone 4.

But we won’t know for sure until Wednesday. And I’ll have a full recap of Apple’s announcement on the next edition of the Geek Girl Report.

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