Hello, Scuttlebutt readers!
I’m glad to announce that I have joined the Scuttlebutt posting team and will hopefully be posting every Tuesday! If you want to know more about me, you can visit my page here. I’m really excited to be a part of this blog while it’s still young! So, as my first post, I’m going to bring every single rumor that I’ve heard and seen all to the very tips of your fingers. There’s been many different ideas about the name, style, looks, ect. But we’re going to start out with the name.
I’ve heard numerous stories about what the possibilities are of the name. A couple of the names that really stick out, though, is the iPad 3, iPad HD, and iPad 2S. The iPad 3 would seem like the generic name because, ever since the iPhone, Apple has been naming their phones after numbers. There was the original iPhone, iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and now, bringing quite a surprise to those who were looking forward to an iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S. However, the iPhone 4S, “S” standing for “Speed”, may indicate the iPad 2S, bringing only Speed and updated specifications. Although this name may not seem quite as catchy, it would make sense if they simply update the specs instead of the design to simply add an “S” to the end of the name. This brings us to the last name on our list. The iPad HD. Unfortunately, this would mean that Tim Cook would be almost completely destroying the Apple customs of using numbers, but it would stir the audience quite a bit to hear that there is “High Definition” coming to their mobile device. Nowadays, people would rather buy something “HD” than just something with a number after it. We don’t really care about what generation it is, we just want the best. Think about it. Would you rather have a TV, or an HDTV?
So what all do we think they changed on the iPad 3? Considering that two of Apple’s devices now have retina display, it would probably be pretty handy to bump up the pixel count on their largest handheld device! There have been a couple people who believe they have acquired an iPad 3 screen. According to MacRumors, the next generation of iPad’s screen will be boosted from 1024×768 to a whopping 2048×1536!! This would put the pixels at about 1/4 the size of the iPad 2′s with double resolution jammed into that wonderful display.
Along with the iPad 3 screen, MIC Gadget supposedly has gained access to the iPad 3′s body. If this is truly the shell of the newest iPad, then it would be slightly thicker and more tampered curves. Not only that, but it would also disprove the theory of the iPad 3 having no home button.
This brings us to our next point. Gizmodo has helpfully pointed out that there are possibly multiple feature hidden inside Apple’s invitation to the iPad 3 release.
This picture, invitation on the left and Gizmodo’s picture on the right, shows some interesting concepts that have to be determined real or not. First off, the invitation has absolutely no home button. These two pictures were taken in the exact same place and yet there is no home button on the iPad 3. “What if it’s in landscape?” you might ask. Ah! But see the spacing between the icons in the dock? There is no way that the spacing on landscape mode will be anywhere near similar to that of portrait. Not only that, but the calendar icon is in the exact same spot. If you’ll notice, the raindrops on the background did not move between the two pictures. Another thing that we can see simply from this picture is the obvious retina display on the iPad 3. On the invitation, the word “Wednesday” is crisp and smooth while as the iPad 2 Calendar icon has a really bumpy, pixelated icon. The last thing that is rumored about this picture is the extra reflectiveness of the finger on the black. This is highly doubted, but it is rumored that the iPad 3′s bezel will have a touch sensor to improve gameplay and causing an extra-reflective black glass. It is also rumored that the iPad 3 will feature the new Gorilla Glass 2 for extra durability and would go well with the supposed touch sensing bezel.
With the iPhone 4S, Apple officially made the iPhone’s processing power just as good as the iPad 2′s. It’s highly unlikely that Apple would delay making a faster, better core for the iPad 3, or else the iPhone 5 might just pass it up! We’re anticipating the all new uber-fast A6 processing chip.Since that’s seems a little obvious, the real question remains: will it have a quad-core power? Apple’s competitors are leaving them behind in this technologic race with quad-core chips in devices like the Transformer Prime. It would seem reasonable for Apple to want to jump back in the race with super-smooth retina gameplay and possible HD Movie support. With a quad-core, there’s no doubt the iPad 3 could run HD to the extremes with movies, games and applications.
However, if it were to feature retina display, HD movie capacity and such, it would probably need a serious upgrade of RAM. I have high doubts that the iPad 2′s 512MB of RAM will be enough for the iPad 3′s amazing speculations. Not only that, but it would be, yet again, simply an easy feature to upgrade from the iPad 2 and another speculation that should be better than the iPhone 4S because of the largeness of the device.
Another thing that has been rumored among developers and readers alike is the possibility of the A6 quad-core chip also coming with 4G LTE. However, this rumor isn’t quite stable because of the fact that if Apple introduced a 4G iPad, it would pretty much HAVE to introduce a 4G iPhone, and it’s not quite certain that Apple is ready to hop on that, yet. However, iMore has gained information from the source that first informed them of the iPad 3 event being March 7th that the iPad 3 will indeed include 4G LTE. Let’s just keep our hopes up and be looking for the best!
The last thing that we will be hoping to see from the iPad 3 event will be Siri. This will be the first (non-ported) appearance of Siri on any iOS device other than the iPhone 4S. Unfortunately, iOS 6 is most likely not going to be released, but hopefully we will still see Siri on our new favorite iDevice!
This could really go under Inside and outside, so I just decided to make it’s own section. The camera on the iPad 2 was probably one of the biggest let-downs in Apple’s history. I specifically remember being at the zoo and seeing a girl with her white iPad 2 taking pictures. I just thought it was so cool! Well, I got an iPad 2, and the camera was really cool… for a while. I mean, even the iPhone 4′s pictures turned out better on my iPad than the iPad itself’s pictures! Well we hope that Apple has fixed that problem. With the iPhone 4S packing in a 8MP camera, there’s no way Apple could let the iPad be beat by that. So there’s been rumors of different sized cameras for the front and back; the front having an HD camera for HD FaceTime, since people often FaceTime with tablets rather than phones anyways, and anywhere from a 6MP to a 10MP camera for the front. This would be a giant improvement, and would be highly welcomed with our new retina display!
That’s just about it, folks! I can’t wait to continue writing about all the great stories I’m hearing about Apple and Windows!