TV sets and 4G? What's in store at Apple iPad 3 launch

Apple iPad 3

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive ahead of the latest Apple event

LAST UPDATED AT 13:53 ON Wed 7 Mar 2012

IT'S D-DAY for Apple fans as the world waits to see what the tech giant will unveil at its 'special event' in California today, and with only a few hours left to speculate nobody is wasting any time.
 
Everyone is agreed that new Apple chief Tim Cook will unveil the hotly-anticipated iPad3 but, as ever, the invite has got tongues wagging. It promises: "We have something you really have to see. And touch." People are divided on what that means, and there is talk that there will be other announcements at the launch.
 
Here's what people are predicting for the iPad3:
 
A March 16 launch date: The new device will go on sale nine days after it is unveiled claims 9to5mac.com. Apple usually operates with a quick turnaround. "We've previously noted that an Apple Store in London at the world famous Harrods will open on that date as well as a new Store in Houston, Texas," it says.
 
A high resolution display: There is unanimous agreement that the new device will feature a new hi-res display. "The question is, will iPad 3 double the existing iPad's 1024x768 pixel resolution?" asks IT World.

A 'haptic' display: The Guardian goes even futher and predicts "a 'haptic' display that will seem to add texture to objects on the screen when touched". That would also explain the riddle of the invite.
 
It will be 4G, and called iPad HD: PC Pro says: "The newest iPad will be capable of operating on a 4G Long Term Evolution network... At speeds roughly ten times faster than current 3G technology, that will help deliver mobile video to the iPad 3's ultra high resolution 'Retina' display. Indeed, rumours suggest the device will in fact be called the iPad HD." Sadly, the website points out, there will not be a 4G network in the UK for at least two years.
 
A quadcore processor: There has been a lot of debate over the type of engine the new device will run on. But TechRadar states: "It's probable that the iPad 3 will have a brand spanking new processor, Apple's A6 - which will surely be a quad-core ARM-based processor." Multi-core processors can help improve the performance of computers considerably.
 
Featuring Siri: The new device will feature voice controls, just like the recently launched iPhone 4S. According to the Daily Mail: "Siri has had mixed reviews, but Apple has been touting the feature heavily in its advertising, and it would make sense to expand the availability of this high-profile feature."

There are other predictions for today’s launch:
 
A cheaper iPad 2: There has been a lot of talk about the fate of the iPad 2. According to Korean tech site Digitimes, Apple will unveil a cheaper 8GB iPad 2. It did something similar at the launch of the last iPhone, plugging gaps in the market with a pared down version of a previous model. It is expected to be called the iPad 2S.
 
Television sets: The Times is underwhelmed by the prospect of a new tablet - saying the launch will be "less significant than the upgrade from the original iPad to the iPad 2" – and looks elsewhere for its excitement. If it's prediction is correct then people will be dropping their iPads in shock. The paper says: "Another big question is whether Apple will reveal its rumoured foray into TV sets." The company already produces an attachment to play music and videos through a TV but there are now rumours that the company wants to branch out into TV sets themselves.
 
Warranty: Lastly, the prize for least exciting prediction goes to the usually reliable website Mac Rumours. It breathlessly claims that there will be a new Applecare+ warranty programme for iPad owners that covers accidental damage at the bargain price of $99. To add to the sense of anticlimax, there is no word as to whether it will be available in the UK. · 

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