Apple is holding a media event this Wednesday. And unlike previous Apple events, there doesn’t appear to be much guesswork left in figuring out what the company will unveil during the highly-anticipated keynote.

We’ve heard and passed on a number of rumors and reports regarding Apple’s next tablet over the last few months. So we decided to bring them all together in one last post to help you make your final predictions on what we’ll see Apple announce on Wednesday…

Judging by the press invitations, and loads of other evidence, the iPad 3 is going to be the star of the show. Below you’ll find nearly every rumor and report regarding what the new tablet will look like and what features it will employ.

Looks

Nearly every bit of information we’ve heard about the iPad 3 suggests that it will look extremely similar to its predecessor. Recent reports and component leaks seem to point to a slightly thicker iPad 2-looking device with more-noticeable tapered edges.

Now that we [think we] know what the iPad 3 is going to look like, onto its features.

Display

This one seems like a no-brainer at this point. Expect the new iPad to feature an extremely high resolution display, and the word “Retina” to be tossed about. Apple unveiled its Retina display for the iPhone back in 2010, and there’s overwhelming evidence that we’ll finally see it come to the tablet.

Processor

While initial reports seemed all but certain that Apple’s next tablet would feature its quad-core A6 processor, more recent claims point to an upgraded dual-core processor dubbed the A5X. Either way, it looks like the next iPad will employ an improved processor.

Wireless connectivity

Even though Apple isn’t known for adopting technology that isn’t widely available to the masses, all of the evidence we’ve seen points to the iPad 3 being LTE-capable. This will allow users to connect to 4G wireless networks and enjoy true broadband internet speeds while out and about.

We’ve also seen a couple of reports on some other possible iPad 3 features, including upgraded cameras and possible Siri integration. While the improved cameras seem like a done-deal, whether the tablet will feature full Siri support is still up for debate.

On top of the iPad 3, we are seeing increasing evidence that Apple will also unveil a new version of its popular Apple TV set top box. It’s been more than a year since the device has been upgraded, and several retailers are now reporting the current model out of stock.

Now that you know what to expect from Apple’s iPad 3 event, you can draw your own conclusions. And if you’d like, you can join us tomorrow morning as the iDB team makes its final predictions of what we think we’ll see Apple unveil at the Wednesday keynote.

  • i was hoping mostly for a 128gb harddisk with a bigger ram, my jb tweaks really need more memory =(

  • Anonymous

    Retina Display
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Better Camera
    LTE in select models
    Quad Core A6 (A5x is for the Apple TV and future iPod Touch)
    same pricing…same gonzo sales

    • Are you sure its A6 lol, A6 can be an improved dual core instead of quad core, ahh i hate rumors

      • Anonymous

        Yup. Occams razor. To make a significant jump in speed the megahertz would have to jump to 1.5Ghz and above. Very doable as some phones are doing it now but because iOS handles multiple processors well it’s more likely they employ the same strategy as this last year. iPad gets the big boy processor followed by the iPhone. The Apple TV and iPod Touch share a processing platform.

        Dual chip strategy. A5X will be cheaper and thus easier to put in lower cost Apple TV and iPod Touch. Leaving the A6 for iPad and iPhone this year. Easier on manufacturing as well.

      • i like this theory but Apple always like to improve on the hardware minimally and with some extra features in the new iOS to attract buyers every year, it all fits the business sense of maximizing their profits.

  • Christina Bryan

    What to expect from the iPad 3 event: iPad 4 rumours.

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested to see what iOS 5.1 will bring to the table.

  • Anonymous

    @jacer

    I’ve watched Apple flounder and i’ve watched Apple have success. It’s been an exciting last couple of decades. Apple has always been creative but for the first time they have the supply chain and operations down to a point that no one else can match.

    Prior to the iPad launch there were plenty of rumors about it being $1000 but we all know how that turned out. Apple bets big and they win big.

    I’m not even sure if the company has peaked yet. That’s scary…especially if you have to compete against them.

    • Yea, its reaching market dominance, the rise of the Apple dictatorship.

  • Thank god its a last post for this ipad3 rumor.

  • Prathik Nair

    Chunli Fu of CHINA JUST WON 10,000 dollars worth of apple joy……he won the gift card…………shame.CHINA AND THERE MASSIVE POPULATION

  • Anonymous

    i just wanna the ipad has better spec than huawei tablet fhd10 that has own quadcore proc, 1920×1080 ips display,2gb ram, 8mp cam.
    Whether quadcore like tegra3 or ultrafast dual core like krait, i dont care, but faster than both of them.

  • So what about iOS, is it going to manage multiple user accounts?

  • G

    Seems like wishful thinking but I hope they make the switch to a magnetized charger with this ipad!