Apple Planning March iPad 3 Announcement

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iPad 3 event may be in MarchApple is apparently ramping up for an iPad 3 announcement event in the first week of March. News of the planned media event comes courtesy of unnamed sources who also say Apple will unveil the next generation multimedia tablet in San Francisco.

Anonymous sources told AllThingsD the new iPad will match the specifications that have already been rumored: a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, better graphics and processor chips, and a form factor that’s very similar to the iPad 2.

The iPad 3 is expected to ship a week or so after the media event, which would put the official launch in mid-March.

The timing, assuming the anonymous reports are accurate, fits fairly well with Apple’s previous iPad launches. The iPhone 4S launch, however, shows that Apple doesn’t feel compelled to stick with its historic launch windows. In the case of the iPhone 4S, Apple passed up its annual release cycle and released the new version of its combo iPod and smartphone in the fall instead of the spring.

Apple hasn’t commented on the March medeia event report, so for now it should be treated as a rumor even though AllThingsD tends to have reliable sources.

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webjprgm

I’m sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but is there a GPU that will fit in the iPad that is capable of similar or better performance and battery life than the iPad 2 while being able to drive 4x pixels?  2048 x 1536 is larger resolution than a 17” MacBookPro, which has native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (3145728 pixels in rumored iPad3 vs 2304000 pixels in 17” MBP).  That would take a lot of power and a lot of battery.

ibuck

webjprgm: Is there a GPU that will fit in the iPad that is capable of similar or better performance and battery life than the iPad 2 while being able to drive 4x pixels?

It seems Apple’s been developing its own custom mobile processor, as they did in the iPad 2.

webjprgm

It seems Apple?s been developing its own custom mobile processor, as they did in the iPad 2.

Apple made the CPU (A5), but the GPU was PowerVR from a 3rd party.  I read that there is a PowerVR 6 GPU, the successor to PowerVR 5 (on a forum somewhere).  I don’t know if that has the capabilities necessary to maintain both performance and battery usage on a “retina” iPad 3 though.

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