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iPad 3 With A6, LTE, Retina Launch Rumored to be March 7

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Just 22 days away if the latest rumors are to be believed.

Having already worked our way through January and almost half of February, the Apple rumor mill has decided that Cupertino is going to wait until next month to launch the newest iteration of iPad 3. This week, we've been provided with a rumor that is a little more specific than just 'early March.' The latest comes from iMore, which is citing sources in the know that say the iPad event is scheduled for March 7.

"According to sources who have been reliable in the past, Apple currently plans to hold their iPad 3 announcement on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Along with the 2048×1536 Retina display, the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core Apple A6 system-on-a-chip, and possibly 4G LTE networking," writes Rene Ritchie.

March 7 is a Wednesday, which is the same day of the week that we saw iPad 1 and iPad 2 launched. It also gels well with previous reports that the device would be announced the first week of March and go on sale a little bit later in the month. However, we're still hoping that The Verge's Joshua Topolsky was correct in his clever February 29 "It's Time to Leap Ahead" prediction. 

Of course, Apple has yet to confirm or deny anything, preferring instead to let the rumor mill churn out coverage. Considering this, we'll be taking these latest rumors with a heavy dose of salt. We'll be billing Apple for our blood pressure meds when the time comes.

Check out our iPad 3 rumor round-up here.

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    willard , February 14, 2012 7:19 PM
    And here come the iFans who've been saying for the last year that LTE is pointless but suddenly think it's the greatest thing ever now that it's (finally) available on an iDevice.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 7:09 PM
    finally they got ride of that ridicously "i" everything.. pad 3 sounds just fine.
  • 12 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , February 14, 2012 7:32 PM
    iUsernamefinally they got ride of that ridicously "i" everything.. pad 3 sounds just fine.


    Sadly, that's a typo.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 7:09 PM
    finally they got ride of that ridicously "i" everything.. pad 3 sounds just fine.
  • 21 Hide
    willard , February 14, 2012 7:19 PM
    And here come the iFans who've been saying for the last year that LTE is pointless but suddenly think it's the greatest thing ever now that it's (finally) available on an iDevice.
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    helldog3105 , February 14, 2012 7:23 PM
    2048x1536 sounds a little ridiculous for the size of screen the iPad has. Could you imagine trying to read non-scalable text on that? Yuck. So has there been any rumors about the graphics chipset in this one?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 14, 2012 7:32 PM
    iUsernamefinally they got ride of that ridicously "i" everything.. pad 3 sounds just fine.


    Sadly, that's a typo.
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    freggo , February 14, 2012 7:42 PM
    helldog31052048x1536 sounds a little ridiculous for the size of screen the iPad has. Could you imagine trying to read non-scalable text on that? Yuck. So has there been any rumors about the graphics chipset in this one?


    I'm so freaking tired of all these "computer" monitors with 1080 lines.
    I think the 2048x1536 resolution is the only thing I find interesting about it.
    Not that I am going to start buying iCrap now; but I hope other tablet makers will follow.
  • 8 Hide
    Anomalyx , February 14, 2012 7:45 PM
    Really? Still milking the "retina display" meaningless buzzword?
  • 7 Hide
    rantoc , February 14, 2012 7:59 PM
    And in later news Samsung have delayed the shipment of the cpu's as a response to the legal issues over ridiculous patents while the appleoids screams they been samsunged again and commit ritual suicides.
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    scuba dave , February 14, 2012 8:17 PM
    willardAnd here come the iFans who've been saying for the last year that LTE is pointless but suddenly think it's the greatest thing ever now that it's (finally) available on an iDevice.


    I think you've got the situation reversed. It was the Anti-Apple crowd that was making snid comments about the iPad 2, saying it was inferior, and using its lack of 4G LTE as proof(haha..lol) of it being inferior. Even though benchmarks everywhere proved otherwise..Especially in the graphics department. Several times over.

    Now, IF the iPad 3 has 4G LTE, that's awesome. But it's not the end-all-be all that some people make it out to be. If it was, speed wise, the proportional equivient of going from dial-up, to DSL, or even Cable.. Then sure.. It would be amazing.. And a massive negative and stupid oversight to not include it in a new "top of the line" product... But at the speeds its averaging right now? Hardly.

    And chances are, once again, the iPad is gonna wipe the floor with everything out to date.. And embarrass the TF Prime and it's Tegra3(which sucks, because I want to get the 1920x1200 one once they release it. :(  Such is life.). And of course, you all will come up with your own reasons as to how the iPad 3 is "fail" once it's out... And the market will prove you wrong as the iPad continues to sell like hotcakes... And finally.. We will be waiting for the media to try and promote the next "iPad Killer", and we will watch it fail miserably.
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    soldier37 , February 14, 2012 8:35 PM
    Apple haters lol never fails with every story. Its about time they get away from the same ole 1080p nonsense that plagues so many cheap panels these days. My desktop monitor is 2560 x 1600 at 30 inches IPS and would never go back to anything less. So this is welcome news even though I wouldnt have much use for a IPAD 3 when I already have an Iphone.
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    eddieroolz , February 14, 2012 9:04 PM
    Again, it is nearly that time of the year anyway. Apple is going to keep a more or less regular schedule.
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    eklipz330 , February 14, 2012 9:06 PM
    helldog31052048x1536 sounds a little ridiculous for the size of screen the iPad has. Could you imagine trying to read non-scalable text on that? Yuck. So has there been any rumors about the graphics chipset in this one?

    really? there will always be a reason for someone to bitch about something.

    sounds like a great device. bring it apple. they might not push the performance envelope when it comes to desktop computers, but their mobile devices perform very well
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    ben850 , February 14, 2012 9:21 PM
    willardAnd here come the iFans who've been saying for the last year that LTE is pointless but suddenly think it's the greatest thing ever now that it's (finally) available on an iDevice.


    I wouldn't say it's "revolutionary" or "magical" but it just wasn't previously the best option for the iPhone/iPad. The technology used to bring 4G to a mobile device wasn't perfected and required a lot of battery power. I'll take longevity and 3G speeds over 4G with 5 hours of use any day. Apple won't put it in their phone unless the technology is ready.
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    jezus53 , February 14, 2012 9:26 PM
    jn77If your 30 inch monitor is only 2560 x 1600, relatively speaking and an Ipad 3 is 2048×1536 on a 10 inch display, your 30 inch IPS panel is really out of date...... at the same pixel pitch the 30 inch IPS should have what ? 4500x 3000 pixels? Sorry you paid that much for a monitor.


    Someone doesn't know how monitors work...
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    computernerdforlife , February 14, 2012 10:25 PM
    ipad 3, 2560x1600, fanbois,... my dad can beat up your dad.
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    soldier37 , February 14, 2012 10:28 PM
    jn77If your 30 inch monitor is only 2560 x 1600, relatively speaking and an Ipad 3 is 2048×1536 on a 10 inch display, your 30 inch IPS panel is really out of date...... at the same pixel pitch the 30 inch IPS should have what ? 4500x 3000 pixels? Sorry you paid that much for a monitor.


    Spoken like someone that can't afford one to me. Just sick with your sub $200 1080 panels because you are truly clueless.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 11:30 PM
    Is anyone else hoping that they announce the iPad 2s instead? I need to see a few more hipster heads exploding. :D 
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    deanjo , February 14, 2012 11:38 PM
    jn77If your 30 inch monitor is only 2560 x 1600, relatively speaking and an Ipad 3 is 2048×1536 on a 10 inch display, your 30 inch IPS panel is really out of date...... at the same pixel pitch the 30 inch IPS should have what ? 4500x 3000 pixels? Sorry you paid that much for a monitor.

    You know there is some truth to that. Monitors, even the 30" ones could really use a much higher resolution. They have been stuck on the same old resolutions for a long time know. With higher res monitors of iRet pixel density you really wouldn't need to have to worry about AA anymore or hacks like sub-pixel hinting.
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    del35 , February 14, 2012 11:42 PM
    you can rest asure the iPad 3 will be more over priced crap. Thanks but no thanks, but I wont crawl as low as Apple expects its zombies to .
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    climber , February 15, 2012 12:03 AM
    In other news, Apple fandom developers create a unified forum thread app called, "iStupid", trying to introduce the concept that the term "stupid" means awesome, cool, b****in', rad, etc... So when all the apple fan'peeps download and start using the "iStupid" app and and start using the phras iStupid all the time all the non Crapple Zombies will be snickering... When the app fan'peeps say the word "iStupid" out loud, they still won't get the double entendre... guess who will? hhhmmm... geeze I don't know... O.o
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