To say that folks are anticipating Apple to unveil a new version of its popular tablet sometime in the near future is an understatement. The company has launched a new iPad during the first quarter in each of the last two years — folks are expecting it.

We’ve heard a lot of chatter over the last few months regarding what the new iPad will look like and what new features it will contain. We’ve heard so much gossip, in fact, that it’s been hard to keep track of it all. And that’s why we’ve put together this rumor roundup….

Hardware

As far as appearance goes, the iPad 3 is more than likely going to look very similar to its predecessor. We’ve seen multiple images of purported iPad 3 components — including an aluminum rear casing. And all signs point to an iPad 2-like form factor.

Most of the tablet’s updates are expected to be internal. The new iPad is rumored to feature a faster processor, more than likely the quad core A6, upgraded cameras, and according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, LTE technology.

Finally, there’s the screen. Out of all of the iPad 3 gossip we’ve heard over the last few months, the tablet’s display has been the most popular topic. And all roads lead to a staggering 2048×1536 Retina display.

Software

With over 3 betas released — the last one being over a month ago — there’s a good chance we’ll see the iPad 3 launch with iOS 5.1. We’ve heard a number of rumors regarding new features we could see in the update, including improved Siri functionality and system-level Facebook integration.

Speaking of Siri, there’s also a possibility we could see the popular digital assistant turn up on Apple’s new tablet. We’ve seen evidence of this in the iOS 5.1 betas, and Apple has every reason to want to include the popular feature in the iPad 3.

When

Given Apple’s previous iPad release cycle, the obvious answer to “when will Apple unveil its new tablet?” is early March. We’ve heard this timeframe mentioned in a number of reports, most notably from AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski.

If you’re looking for a more specific date, iMore is predicting that Apple’s iPad 3 event will be held on Wednesday, March 7th. Ex-Macworld editor Jim Dalrymple gave his “yep” of approval on the report, adding some serious weight to iMore’s claims.

Did you get all of that? If not, here’s a quick recap. The iPad 3 will look similar to the iPad 2 but feature several internal upgrades including a Retina display, quad-core processor, and LTE technology (for Verizon and AT&T at least). And it will be unveiled on March 7th.

Of course, all of this could be completely wrong. The truth is, we won’t know anything for sure until Tim Cook (or another prominent Apple figure) holds the tablet up on stage during the iPad 3 event. But so far, it sounds good to us.

What do you think of the iPad 3 rumors? Is there any features you’re hoping for that haven’t been mentioned?

  • Most likely a better camera along with it too? (iPhone 4S camera is really great!)

    • Anonymous

      Do you often take pictures with your tablet then? I really don’t see this obsession with wanting good cameras in a tablet, a phone yes but I just can’t think of 1 single situation in which you’d need or want to take a picture holding up your tablet … when everybody has phones with good cameras, it’s beyond me but each to their own I guess lol

  • No jailbreak no buy iPad 3 =D

    • Anonymous

      Serious question, would you buy an iPad if you knew it could/would never be jailbroken? I ask because I see a lot of fanboys that love everything about Apple, based purely on what they can do when their devices are jailbroken. At the same time I see a lot of people, like yourself, say they wouldn’t buy an Apple device if it couldn’t be jailbroken and for me it just enforces how grateful Apple should be to the jailbreak scene and the devs because not only do they steal a lot of ideas from jailbreak tweaks but possibly millions of people only buy their devices specifically because they can jailbreak it.

      Just makes me wonder how wealthy and successful Apple would be if their devices weren’t jailbreakable.

      • Reality is that it’s a great device even without being jailbroken. They steal the majority of their ‘improvements’ in each iteration of iOS directly from us.

        Even with that being the case though, they still sell like hotcakes with or without jailbreaking. We make up a small percentage (around 10%) of overall users, and even of those people, many don’t know /why/ they would need to jailbreak. The more popular the devices get, the smaller our percentage will be become. How many people do you know who mod their xbox? or any other piece of hardware for that matter?

      • Anonymous

        Only 1 of my mates has ever modded their XBox but as for other devices with the exception of the iPhone, none … I for one though would not buy an iPhone or iPod if it wasn’t jailbreakable, there just isn’t enough appeal for me when it’s stock, also I hate how Apple let you change the wallpaper and that is pretty much it.

  • It´s better to buy the New Ipad 3 at the begining(maybe 1-3 months after release), because then you won´t need to downgrade to any IOS version, which often, at retailers, are updated (At least here in Sweden). And then and only then, you might have a chance to Jailbreak when they realese it for the right version 🙂 And people be aware, Ipad 2 is downgrade-able, but ONLY if you have SHSH and it still might be tricky anyway because of the A5 processor which is totally different than the A4… Iphone 4S is not even downgrade-able at all, maybe not now, but it´s better to prepare if you want to have Jailbreak on the Ipad 3 and future Idevices 🙂

  • steven shaw

    Actually all the hehaw about iPAd 3 skips rifght over my head as i’m so happy with my jailbroken ipad 2.In terms of software apple would be looking at ipad6 before it approuches the level of my jailbreak2…granted, a faster processor/bigger ram/128 HD would make me slightly envious, but I dear say I can cope for another year to iPad4.
    I must add I after all the infini/cydia tweaks I do feel somewhat cheated by Apple who should have installed all that as default on their upper end 64gb/3g models at least…..they’re not getting anymore of my kids inheritance for as long as I can bear it….so they can retinize as much as they want and add the cameras they should have included in the first place, I know for sure their billions are gonna be at least $600 short this year at least:-)

  • steven shaw

    Actually all the hehaw about iPAd 3 skips right over my head as i’m so happy with my jailbroken ipad 2.
    In terms of software apple would be looking at ipad6 before it approuches the level of my jailbreak2…granted, a faster processor/bigger ram/128HD would make me slightly envious, but I dear say I can cope for another year for iPad4.
    I must also add, that after all the infini/cydia tweaks I have installed, I do feel somewhat cheated by Apple who should have installed all that stuff as default,at least on their upper end 64gb/3g models ….Apple is not getting anymore of my kids inheritance for as long as I can bear it….so they can retinize as much as they want and add the cameras they should have included in the first place, I know for sure their billions are gonna be at least $600 short in this years accounting… at least :-).

    • Anonymous

      I’m personally not arsed about the iPad 3, rumoured quad core processor, I just find myself asking the question over and over, why lol .. no doubt some people want or would buy anything because it has top specs but I really would never need 4 processors in a tablet for doing the same things i’d do on a phone .. I don’t even need that on a desktop computer let alone a tablet, the word overkill springs to mind, not to mention the camera issue. I’ve already said in a different comment about the camera but I just don’t see why any would ever need to take pictures with a tablet when 99% of people always have a phone with a good camera on anyway and i’m yet to see ANY1 actually in every day life, holding up a tablet to take pictures.

      • Dan

        I agree with you 100%.

        I’ll admit that since I bought my iPad 2 a few months ago, I really don’t feel like buying another one.

        Financial issues aside, I find the resolution perfect for my needs, I never really notice any blurriness. I find the device has enough ram and the processor has never seemed slow. Also, I couldn’t care less about the camera and I never use facetime.

        I might buy a new iPad in 2013, ONLY if it’s jailbreakable.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone saying they’re not interested in buying the iPad3, just wait till you see how good web pages, iBooks and 1080p video will look on a 2048×1536 10″ 4×3 screen 🙂

    I love my iPad2, but the screen has always looked low resolution to me, with a very visible pixel structure. It suffers from terrible aliasing as a result and nothing ever looks truly sharp. If the rumours of a 2048×1536 screen are true, we’re talking a total pixel count of 3,145,728! Compare that to the measly pixel count of 786,432 on the iPad 1 & 2 and its easy to see why people are getting excited.

    I couldn’t care less about better cameras, as I take all pictures on my iPhone and then transfer them to the iPad for on-the-fly editing. I do however care about more ram (its going to need at least 1GB to drive that screen) and a much faster dual/quad core CPU and 8x graphics architecture are a given if the retina display is indeed true.

    So in short – No retina, no interest 😉