What to expect from Apple’s iPad 3

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Yahoo.com recently posted an article regarding the new iPad 3 and what to expect… Here is what they had to say. When Apple pulled back the curtain on the iPad 2 to reveal a more powerful, slimmer, but not all-that-different successor to its original tablet, rumors immediately began to swirl around what the company might be planning for its next slate. Now, as we approach the one-year anniversary of the iPad 2’s launch, the picture for the inevitable iPad 3 has become much more clear. Several reliable sources have shed light on what Apple’s new darling will be like, and if even half of them prove to be legitimate, we’re in for a real treat. Join us as we run down the list of could-be iPad 3 features and attempt to hash out what’s real and what will remain for future iterations.

Dazzling display
Before the iPad 2 was officially shown off for the first time, several industry insiders promised that we’d see an all-new, higher-resolution touchscreen on par with the iPhone 4’s (and now 4S’s) Retina display. But when the dust settled, the screen remained the same as the original device. The current iPad’s 1024 x 768 pixel, multi-touch interface is still impressive to look at, but to really sell current iPad and iPad 2 owners on a brand new tablet, Apple will likely have to take this stat to the next level.

Power to spare
The iPad 2 was a huge step up from the original device in terms of power and graphical performance. Its Apple A5 processor allowed for more impressive games and apps and faster response when you touch the screen. This same chip eventually found its way into the iPhone 4S, where it helps support new features like the Siri virtual assistant. However, if we are to believe the iPad 3 will see an increase in screen resolution — and perhaps also support new Apple-born features like Siri — the company will undoubtedly want additional power.

3G or 4G?
Apple has made it clear that it will not be ready to support 4G LTE technology until it is completely confident in the technology’s ability to heighten the user experience. The iPhone 4S does not support full 4G as most people know it, but the iPad 3 may break that barrier for the first time.

A sexy new look
Of all the rumors floating around about the iPad 3, the one thing that is least likely to change is the overall look of the device. Apple sliced a good amount off the original tablet with the iPad 2 redesign, and its sleek appearance will almost certainly remain the same for the next generation.

Apple’s mobile devices typically receive at least one major overhaul while remaining in the same form factor — iPhone 3G to 3GS and 4 to 4S are perfect examples. The iPad 3 will likely fall in line with this update schedule and focus more on features and capability than a design change, though anything is possible.

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