On the possible release date of iPad 3, the general opinion is that it may be out sometime in the spring, perhaps as early as March. Among the features of Apple's new tablet that have been much discussed is its display.

Industry analysts say that the third generation iPad will sport a double resolution retina display. This will mean doubling the current iPad's resolution to 2048 x 1536 and also ensuring a picture quality in which pixels are indiscernible to the human eye.

Also Apple could keep the iPad as thick or thin as the current generation while maintaining Retina Displays by using thinner indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) displays. The advantage of using an IGZO display in the iPad 3 is that they allow for higher resolutions in terms of ppi while keeping energy consumption to a minimum.

With over 25 million iPad 2's sold worldwide, the hype for the iPad 3 surely has picked up. In fact, it is expected that iPad 3 will be more popular and will meet the skyward expectations of both Apple and its loyal fans.

Meanwhile, Android has become a strong player especially with its Amazon Kindle Fire. Apple may need to work doubly hard to sustain its current standing. According to a recent report, the market share of Apple's iOS has declined from 68.2% in 2010 to 57.6% in 2011.

To ensure that Apple stays strong in the tablet world, iPad 3 seems to be a needed release. The upcoming tablet will be Apple's major hit for this year that will not only maintain their current status in the tablet world but will also push their Android competitors back.

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