Apple stocks should be trading at much higher prices given the company's astounding growth and huge cash hoard
Apple stocks should be trading at much higher prices given the company's astounding growth and huge cash hoard Reuters

iPad 3, which is the next iteration of Apple's iPad 2, is expected to be launched anytime soon.

While rumors are rife about an array of exclusive features that will be packed with the new iPad 3, check out the five most anticipated features that are coming with the next generation tablet.

1. Near Filed Communication (NFC)

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology helps smartphone or tablet users make transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with just a simple touch.

According to the latest rumors, Apple software engineers are heavy into NFC and are creating an app compatible with NFC facilities for their new iPhone 5. Now it is time for the iPad users to expect the same innovative payment feature for iPad 3 too.

2. Voice Command Feature or Siri

Apple's revolutionary voice command or personal assistant Siri became a talk of the town when Apple launched iPhone 4S. It is expected to be in iPhone 5 too. But as Siri is still not perfect, tablet users hope to receive an updated version of the feature in iPad 3 that will have additional languages support like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.

3. Retina Display

At the time of launching iPad 2, people were expecting a retina display but the company disappointed them with the same display of the previous iPad that come with 1024x768 pixels and a pixel density of 132 ppi.

iPad 3, according to the market buzz, will have a revolutionary Retinal display that would feature 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. Offering a better and double resolution display in iPad 3 is a significant upgrade over iPad 2.

4. Battery

Apple is expected to provide an improved battery with iPad 3. Currently, iPad 2 comes with Li-Po 6930 mAh battery which gives 10 hours of talk time. However, according to DigiTimes, iPad 3 is expected to pack a battery as high as 14,000 mAH to support the anticipated HD screen and a more powerful processor.

Apple's battery manufacturers, Symplo Tech and Dynapack refused to comment about their client Apple or its devices.

5. 4G LTE Connectivity

As iPad 3 battery is expected to be better than its predecessor, anticipations are high that the NextGen tablet will have 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) support.

Apple did not adopt 4G LTE support for iPhone 4S as that could cause major design change of the device. This time, however, the company is expected to pack a new, thinner LTE chipset to offer significantly up to download and upload speed comparing to prior generation 3G HSPA/HSPA+ and CDMA/EVDO networks.