On Tuesday, Apple sent out invitations to what is expected to be a massive media event unveiling the long-awaited iPad 3. Rumors for the iPad 3 can be traced all the way back to the iPad 2’s release last year. But as the suspected release date approaches the rumor mill is starting up again, and it is going strong. Many of the changes slated for the Apple’s flagship tablet PC are predicted to be a significant departure from the previous iPad. Among the most widely predicted and anticipated features includes a processor upgrade, sharper display and an upgrade and integration of Siri, the popular virtual assistant program, unveiled with the iPhone 4S in October 2011.
More About the March 7th iPad Event
On Tuesday, Apple sent an official invitation to professional analysts, consultants and tech journalists all over the world. The invitation had a picture resembling an iPad. The call to action read, “We have something you really need to see. And touch.” Just like every other major Apple event, the March 7th media event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in Downtown San Francisco. The laptop, computer, media player and smart phone giant is actively seeking to set apart the iPad tablet from other tablet PCs gaining rapid momentum in the mobile device market.
The rumor mills have been running wild with anticipation of the new iPad release, but as the March 7th media event draws closer, more and more analysts are adding their two cents to the conversation. These predictions are in large part related to the design, and overall functional characteristics of the iPad 3. The most notable hardware predictions include 4G LTE network integration, a faster quad-core processor, the integration of Siri and a sharper display for sharper consumption of HD videos.
There has been some degree of consumer skepticism over the past few major Apple releases. Namely, when the iPhone 4S was released there were few design changes, and iOS updates. The one major aspect of the iPhone 4S that got lots of praise was the Siri virtual assistant. Another let down came with the latest release of Apple’s much anticipated OS X Mountain Lion, the successor of the OS X Lion operating system. The hope was that Mountain Lion would resolve some of the lingering issues with the Lion OS. Many of those issues were not addressed in the new OS, which left even the most hardcore Apple users a little underwhelmed.
The fear is that some of this skepticism will be carried over into the iPad 3 release. The good news is that many analysts and tech journalists are confident that the iPad 3 upgrades will be significant. In addition to the many hardware changes, Apple experts are expecting to see a design overhaul. This means a sleeker, more modern looking tablet than the preceding iPads.
With the March 7th iPad press event right around the corner, we will see the results of these predictions soon enough.