Apple will announce the next generation iPad, perhaps called the iPad 3, on March 7, according to a new rumor. The rumor aligns with earlier reports of an early March announcement, as well as Apple’s past history of announcing iPads on Wednesdays in late February/early March.
The rumor comes from iMore, citing “sources who have been reliable in the past.” The story goes on to claim the iPad 3 will have a 2048 × 1536 resolution Retina display and sport an A6 quad-core ARM processor. While the higher resolution display has been a steady rumor, the details behind the A6 processor are still unknown. Previous reports suggest the new system-on-a-chip will be dual-core, like the A5 SoC found on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, while others claim it will be a quad-core chip.
The inclusion of an LTE radio has also been the subject of conflicting rumors, with most claiming the iPad 3 (or iPad 2S, or iPad 2 HD) will support the 4G standard, even though no there is no 4G LTE iPhone. The reason being that the larger iPad, with its larger battery, can better handle the LTE power drain that often plagues 4G LTE Android handsets.
Other rumored specs include a slightly thicker build, to account for the battery and high-resolution display, and improved front- and rear-facing cameras. TabletPCReview breaks it all down in the feature, Apple iPad 3: What We Know So Far.