Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 is going to end today and something big (if not bigger) is coming up next week – the debut of Apple iPad 3. Apple is going to reveal another revolutionary tablet next Wednesday and has sent out media invitations. Till now the tech giant has successfully staved off challenges from Android tablets and now it is ready to take on Windows 8 tablets, which are scheduled for a summer debut.

The excitement is palpable and everyone is wondering one thing – will iPad 3 have what it takes to blow away competition in the market? We won’t know the answer to that question until the new tablet is unveiled. However, here’s a rundown of the features we think will kill the business of rival tablet makers.

Retina Display

After bringing retina Display to the iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple is all set to bring Retina Display to its tablets too. iPad 2 was also rumored to feature a Retina Display but somehow it missed it. The upcoming tablet is going to feature a 9.7-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 X 1536 pixels. Such a massive resolution screen will be unmatched for its video playback and gaming experience.

4G compatibility

Apple is all set to satisfy users’ appetite for high Internet speeds by featuring LTE connectivity in iPad 3. In the U.S., the demand for 4G tablets is increasing and Android tablet makers such as Samsung and Asus are rolling out 4G tablets in the market. Apple, not keen on letting its rivals get ahead in the 4G race, must add 4G connectivity to its tablet.

Better Camera

Apple iPad 2 has a mediocre camera system compared to its new rivals. Given the fact that iPhone 4S boasts of 8-megapixel camera, it is imperative that Apple improves the camera system in iPad too. The new iPad must feature a decent camera and if Apple decides to equip iPad 3 with a 5- or 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash that will record brilliant 1080p videos and a front-facing HD camera for FaceTime, it will blow away the competition.

Quad-core Processor

Apple is likely to bump up the processor cores in iPad 3. Apple fans will go wild if iPad 3 boasts of a quad-core A6 processor. And why not? Many Android tablets running on quad-core chip, debuted at MWC 2012. However, images of A5X processor chip have also been leaked online, suggesting that ipad 3 could come with a speedy dual-core chip.

iOS 5.1 with Siri

Hardware specs are impressive but Apple always manages to surprise its fans. A perfect surprise would be Apple launching iOS 5.1, which will add more features to iPad 3, along with the killer virtual assistant app – Siri – in a more powerful and improved version. Siri is currently in beta mode.

(Reported by Johnny Wills, Edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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