Yesterday, January 27th, marked the birthday of the Apple iPad an iconic iDevice. It was 2 years ago that Steve Jobs stood in front of a crowd and announced the last big breakthrough to the world. It has been well documented that the iPad has yet to reach the vision that Steve Jobs had for it. However some believe, and many hope, that the release of the iPad 3 will bring us even closer if not to his ultimate goal.
The iPad has already made big changes in the world, despite falling short of Job’s vision. According to recent reports Apple sold 15.4 million iPads in the last three months of 2011. This beat even the number of PCs sold by HP, the largest PC manufacturer, in the same time frame. The iPad had many critics at its announcement. Many claimed it was simply an over sized iPhone or that typing on the device would be to difficult. That however hasn’t stopped customers by the millions from purchasing the original iPad or the iPad 2. It surely won’t hinder the iPad 3 at its release either. The iPad helped create the tablet market, something that before the iPad was a failed idea by several companies.Apple however would is slowly losing hold of the market it helped create. As we reported iOS market share in the tablet niche is slowly falling. Mostly thanks to the recent success of budget tablets produced by Amazon. The iPad 3 rumors began almost right after the release of the iPad 2. They have never slowed down and have went on a range of crazy and wild ideas to more recent realistic demands. Most of the recent iPad 3 stories have focused on the iPad 3 display. For most of the year everyone has talked about the iPad 3 including a new Retina Display that would greatly increase the resolution of the newest model. However a recent rumored siting of the iPad 3 and other production rumors put this in question.
This idea that the iPad 3 will NOT include a high definition display has caused waves in the rumor pool. Several explanations for this lack of a Retina Display have surfaced. The most unlikely, yet still viable, is that the iPad 3 will actually be labeled an iPad 2S. It will include a better camera, and possibly a new battery but thats it. This would then leave the door open for Apple to release the iPad 4 quickly. This is rumored to combat the release of several high end devices coming from Android producers and Microsoft at the end of 2012. There is also talk that Apple had planned to include a Retina Display however ran into production issues, which made it an unfeasible option. This seems like a more likely cause, however we would hope that Apple would simply hold the entire device instead of rushing a half baked iPad.
The iPad 3 is rumored to have a release date in Feb, on Steve Jobs birthday. The normal release date for the iPad is of course in the early part of the year, so this rumor does seem feasible. Although the normal release date is usually a little later, March/April, pushing it up a month to memorialize Steve Jobs seems like a valid rumor. We here at iPad 3 News will of course stay on top of the most recent rumors relating to the iPad 3 design and potential release date.