Apple enthusiasts around the globe are eager to welcome iPad 3, which Apple is all set to launch on March 7. Rumors even suggest that iTV or a new variant of iPad 2 might also be launched with the next generation iPad. While all these rumors are rife, the price of the tablet is one unsettling aspect that people the world over are waiting to know even before they get to see the fancied device.
Various Internet polls are suggesting that Apple might launch two variants of iPad 3 to match the price of Kindle Fire or Nuke tablets, or even might decide to slash the price of iPad 2. Meanwhile, numerous 'leaked' images of the iPad 3 confirm the expected features of iPad 3, but the price of the pad is still one grey area that will only be unveiled with the release of the device.
In all likelihood, Apple's iPad 3 will be costlier than iPad 2 as the next generation pad packs some revolutionary and never-seen-before features. Check out the reasons why we think Apple's next tab will be costlier than iPad 2.
1. Retina Display
Apple is expecting to pack a revolutionary retina display featuring double-resolution screen 2048×1536 pixels in dimension with modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology that will provide an improved pixel density of 330 ppi. Though it's all rumors this is perhaps one rumor that has got most of the confirmations. So Apple will definitely provide Retina display with iPad 3, which is a major upgrade on iPad 2's display of 1024x768 pixels and a pixel density of 132 ppi.
2. Bigger and Better Battery
Another speculation that got backups from 'leaked' images is that iPad 3 will have a battery as high as 14,000 mAH to support the anticipated HD screen and a more powerful processor. The iPad 2 packs a Li-Po 6930 mAh battery and Apple claims that the present battery gives up to 10 hours of talk time. Numerous speculations suggest that this time Apple will design a much better battery with iPad 3 to make the device faster and more efficient.
3. Quad-core Processor
Several rumors suggest that Apple has redesigned the back panel of iPad 3 to allow installation of new and better A6 processor ditching the current A5 processor-based logic board. Reports even suggest that Apple is in talks with Samsung for manufacturing quad-core processor for iPad 3.
However, IBTimes earlier reported that Apple might include a S5L8945X chip on iPad 3, which may be an upgrade of dual-core A5 processor but not A6 quad-core processor. In fact, that can be a step between dual and quad-core processor.
4. 8 MP Camera
iPad 2 camera has always been at the center of criticism. While Apple did not pack any camera with the original iPad, iPad 2 has a basic camera of 0.7 MP and a front VGA camera.
But this time, rumors are rife that Apple will not dishearten its iPad fans and will provide an 8 megapixel camera on the iPad 3. Some leaked images of iPad 3 back panel also show some changes in the housing of the camera, which gives momentum to the speculation of a better camera for the iPad 3.
5. 4G LTE
Reports from Bloomberg and iMore and the leaked images of the back panel of iPad 3 confirmed that the iPad 3 is coming with long-term evolution (LTE) support. The recent reports suggest that Apple has been working on making the iPad compatible with LTE.
Although Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier that the iPhone 4S was not packed with first generation LTE chipsets as that would make lots of design compromises with the company's devices, this time the company is expected to pack a new, thinner LTE chipset to offer significantly higher download and upload speed compared to prior generation 3G HSPA/HSPA+ and CDMA/EVDO networks.
6. Near Field Communication Technology (NFC)
According to various rumors, Apple's software engineers are heavy into NFC and are creating an app compatible with NFC facilities for their new iPhone 5. If this feature is coming with iPhone 5, the same might come with iPad 3 too, believe the tablet lovers..
Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology helps smartphone or tablet users make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with just a simple touch.
Siri, Apple's revolutionary voice assistance, is one of the most anticipated features for iPad 3. The same features are expected to be launched in the iTV also. The present version of Siri, however, is not perfect but the tablet users are expecting to receive an updated version of the feature in iPad 3 that will have additional languages support like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.