iPad 3 (HD) Event: What To Expect

iPad 3 / iPad HD Launch
iPad 3 / iPad HD Launch
iPad 3 / iPad HD Launch. Image credit: CNET

The much-anticipated iPad 3 Launch event is just hours away (Wednesday, March 7, 10AM PST / 2AM +8). The venue – Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, the same location where the first iPad and iPad 2 were revealed. Naturally with any Apple event, the speculations, rumors and leaks spread throughout the world like wildfire. If only money could be spread around as easily!

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Certain quarters have speculated that the new tablet will not be called the iPad 3, but rather the iPad HD, attributed to an all new high-def, Sharp-manufactured Retina Display and improved graphics capabilities via the enhanced ARM-based Apple A5X-processor.

Here’s some of the things you can expect (info scoured from Engadget, The Verge, Gizmodo, Cnet):

  • A slightly thicker form factor and more pronounced rounded edges.
  • 9.7″ Retina Display (support 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution)
  • Dual-core Apple A5X processor
  • Storage options of 16/32/64GB
  • Several models (WIFI, LTE)
  • A better camera (speculated 8MP rear)
  • iOS 5.1

In addition, there is talks of a low-end 8GB iPad 2 to challenge the likes of the Kindle and Nook. 

There may also be other announcements, including an A5X-powered Apple TV, new software and perhaps a preview of iOS 6? Could they also announce that the Apple TV is finally open to developers?

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At this point, what we know isn’t really relevant anymore is it?

Catch live updates here:

Times on March 7th:

  • 08:00AM – Hawaii
  • 10:00AM – Pacific
  • 11:00AM – Mountain
  • 12:00PM – Central
  • 01:00PM – Eastern
  • 06:00PM – London
  • 07:00PM – Paris
  • 09:00PM – Moscow
  • 03:00AM – Tokyo (March 8th)

So will you be staying up?

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