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Report: Apple iPad 3 coming in 2012

Consumer Reports News: August 19, 2011 11:23 AM

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The iPad 3, Apple's next version of the popular iPad tablet computer, could be arriving on store shelves as early as the beginning of the new year. And according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the Apple iPad 3 will be a looker. Literally.

Undisclosed sources tell the WSJ that the next generation iPad will hold roughly to the same dimensions as current iPads. However, one component supplier reports that the new iPad will feature a larger version of the Retina Display used in Apple iPhone 4 smart phones. That screen, with a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, would bring much sharper image capability to the iPad—a tablet, which already scores a Consumer Reports Recommended designation among all the models in our Tablet Ratings (available to subscribers).

Other improvements could include better cameras, faster processors, and more memory and storage options.

Apple already holds the majority share—80 percent, by some estimates—of the tablet computer market. And its hold has already been used by others, such as HP, as reason to depart the computer business.

Still, other tablet makers are continuing to push the hardware envelop as well. Samsung, for example, has a 4G version of its Google Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet that can take advantage of the fast LTE data network offered by Verizon Wireless.

What do you think? Have you put off buying a tablet until the iPad 3 comes out? Or are you waiting for an Android-based tablet?

Apple Developing New iPad [Wall Street Journal]
Apple Preps iPad3 With Retina Display [Information Week]
Apple to release iPad 3 in early 2012 with Retina display, reports WSJ [Digital Trends]
Apple cancels supply schedule of iPad 3 for 2H11 [DigiTimes]

Paul Eng

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