Citing a “reliable source”, VentureBeat reports that the rumored iPad 3 will actually called the iPad HD, which others have also indicated. Many believe Apple will pick iPad HD instead of iPad 3, because the next tablet out of the company will feature a ‘stunning’ Retina display. Apple’s next iPad is set to be announced at a media event March 7th, in San Francisco.

As we showed you last week, the Retina display’s quality on the iPad looks great. Following up with the rumors, it would make sense for Apple to use the iPad HD moniker…

Additionally, being named the iPad HD could indicate that Apple has chosen to use its dual-core A5X processor in the next iPad, rather than the rumored quad-core A6 processor that many have been hoping for.

In its invite to the media event, Apple included a brief message: ”We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The “see” portion of the message could refer to the rumored third-generation Apple TV, or perhaps the Retina display, which has been described as “truly amazing”.

VentureBeat also reports that Apple is buying 7.1-inch screen components, for the release of a smaller iPad later this year. Many other publications have been reporting that a 7-inch version of the iPad will be released by Apple by the end of the year — specifically around the beginning of Fall. Reports have been conflicting about the exact size of the tablet.

Many have thought of the rumored 7-inch version of the iPad to be a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and more. A smaller tablet would provide a cheaper price point for Apple to sell a tablet at.

It looks like we’ll just have to wait until Wednesday, for Apple’s next iPad — whatever it’s named. However, we’ll be waiting a little longer for word on a smaller iPad.

What do you think: iPad 3 or iPad HD?

  • I just got the iPad 2 last week so I rushed and got my money to get the “iPad HD”

  • Max

    i still wish it will be called iPad 3

    • I don’t know why but something about Apple making something new and gorgeous like the new iPad and then throwing something cheap and overplayed like HD on the end really doesn’t seem like their style.

  • Michael Mcgriff

    stop talking about it and bring it ! lol

  • Doesn’t matter.. Gosh..

  • Anonymous

    I still think it will be called iPad 3. It would be very “Android” of Apple to get off of numbers and start with name differences with devices.

    If they did change the name, what would the 4th iPad be called? iPad 3 or iPad 4 or something entirely different? I think it would be a unwise and eventually messy decision. With Android, unless you follow closely it’s hard to know the best and newest product. With Apple, if you can count, then it’s easy to tell what is their newest innovation. Apple has always been about simplicity. It may seem like a small difference, but changing the name would just make things complicated in the future.

    One additional thing… To the average user who doesn’t know much about the iPad, seeing HD might make them think that the screen is the only difference. If any of these users already own an iPad 2, the chances of them upgrading is less than if the name was iPad 3. The name “iPad 3” brings a vast ungrade in features across the board. HD makes me only think that there is a screen upgrade (I know the new features, I’m just talking about for a user who doesn’t have any clue what they want). The majority of people want the newest generation of a product. Seeing HD is like getting a new brother or sister. If this iPad 3 or HD wants to get the most sales possible, it would advertise the whole product in the name, not just a better screen.

  • Patience!!!

    Patience is a virtue…..

    It’s only a couple of days away now……

    Patience

    🙂

  • Anonymous

    I still think it will be called iPad 3. It would be very “Android” of Apple to get off of numbers and start with name differences with devices.

    If they did change the name, what would the 4th iPad be called? iPad 3 or iPad 4 or something entirely different? I think it would be a unwise and eventually messy decision. With Android, unless you follow closely it’s hard to know the best and newest product. With Apple, if you can count, then it’s easy to tell what is their newest innovation. Apple has always been about simplicity. It may seem like a small difference, but changing the name would just make things complicated in the future.

    One additional thing… To the average user who doesn’t know much about the iPad, seeing HD might make them think that the screen is the only difference. If any of these users already own an iPad 2, the chances of them upgrading is less than if the name was iPad 3. The name “iPad 3” brings a vast ungrade in features across the board. HD makes me only think that there is a screen upgrade (I know the new features, I’m just talking about for a user who doesn’t have any clue what they want). The majority of people want the newest generation of a product. Seeing HD is like getting a new brother or sister. If this iPad 3 or HD wants to get the most sales possible, it would advertise the whole product in the name, not just a better screen.

    • Anonymous

      “If they did change the name, what would the 4th iPad be called? iPad 3 or iPad 4 or something entirely different? I think it would be a unwise and eventually messy decision.”

      Like the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S in that exact order? The only iPhone so far with a number that matches its release was the 4 so why couldn’t the next iPad after this be the iPad 3?.

      • Anonymous

        They should at least throw a number in there. Maybe call it the iPad 2 HD and go for like a 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S approach. But there should definitely be a number in the title. Five years down the road people are not going to remember in what order the iPads came out if there isn’t a number in the name.

  • KewlDewd

    Who cares what it’s called, and how on earth does the name indicate anything about the processor? HD refers to high definition (screen), not a processor.

  • It’s iPhone 4S all over again…

    • Could be called the ijustcrappedonyourbankaccount and those of us interested will still consider buying it, i’ll just put a case on it.