Apple’s January 19th education event isn’t really giving us a lot to talk about, so let’s take a look some iPad rumors, shall we? A high definition screen is kind of a given, but there are now reports that it will also come with LTE support (before the iPhone gets it!) and a quad-core processor. Production is rumored to hit high gear in February for a release this March.
One of Bloomberg’s sources claims LTE support is coming to the iPad before the iPhone because “the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology.” As for the quad-core chip, references were recently found within the iOS 5.1 betas that indicate that Apple is planning to roll out quad-core iOS devices sooner than later. When we wrote about those discoveries last week, we said it would be plausible that the next version of the iPad could support such a thing, and now the rumors seem to be converging on that detail.
A report from December of leaked iPad 3 parts pointed towards a “major redesign,” which doesn’t necessarily gel with this new rumor. Ars Technica anticipates only a “slightly thicker body,” although they do anticipate front- and read-facing cameras. It’s a logical assumption, as it brings it line with the iPhone 4/4S, and would continue to push their FaceTime technology on the gorgeous Retina Display.
And for anyone who owns an iPad 2, it was painfully obvious that a better (i.e., usable) camera would follow as quickly as Apple could push one out.
Hopefully, this won’t just be rumor for too much longer. By March or April, we should have the iPad 3 in our hands and be able to move on dissecting those iPhone 5 rumors.