Rumor Patrol: Faster iPad 3 Coming in March

iPad 3 Release Date March Rumor

Fans of tablets and Apple products alike have plenty of reasons to be excited come spring. According to new reports from those close to the development of Apple's upcoming iPad 3, the overseas manufacturers are already gearing up for a release in March 2012. Apparently, the device will also be an improvement from the previous incarnation.

Exactly when the iPad 3 would be released, and what technical specs it would be bringing when it does has been the source of speculation since the iPad 2 hit store shelves, so any rumors will be welcome for the more die-hard Apple fans out there. The word from last year that 2012 would see the release of both the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5 is seeming more and more likely, but until any official announcements are made, all reports should be taken with a grain of salt.

The latest whispers come thanks to Bloomberg, who claim that a few people close to the development of the iPad 3 have communicated to them that the Asian manufacturers have "started ramping up production of the iPad 3 this month and plan to reach full volumes by February." Whether these are the same sources that earlier this month claimed that both the iPad 3 and iPad 4 would come in 2012 is impossible to know, but there is more than just a new tablet to be excited about.

While previous leaks claimed that the iPad 3 would feature little improvement over its predecessor besides an improved screen, these new reports assert technical improvements as well. Apparently the iPad 3 will be blessed with a quad-core processor, a significant upgrade from the iPad 2's dual core A5 processor. According to those on the inside, the improved speed and display "lets users jump more quickly between applications," and that "[v]ideos begin playing almost instantly because of the additional graphics processing."

In addition to improved hardware Apple is also planning on bringing LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network support to the iPad 3 before the iPhone 5, with the greater battery like and horsepower cited as the reason. The technology behind wireless networks will only improve over time, so there's no need to worry about reasons to be excited for the iPhone 5.

It's times like these that the world wishes Apple would be a bit more open about their development progress, but it's hard to think the company has any deadline that it must absolutely meet. According to the insiders, Chinese factories are already operating around the clock to provide the necessary product for a launch post-February, but the veracity of any and all claims is always in question.

What do you make of the rumors surrounding the apparent release date and improved hardware? Were you hoping for a more significant boost in performance, or will the spring be bringing you a price-dropped iPad 2 instead?

Whether these reports prove to be accurate or not, we'll keep you up to speed on all the iPad 3 news


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Source: Bloomberg

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