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Rumor: New iPad to Have 4G LTE; Called iPad HD, Not iPad 3

Tomorrow, Apple will finally put an end to all the iPad 3 rumors. However, until then, the rumor mill just keeps chugging along. The latest scuttlebutt says that March 7 won't actually bring us news of an iPad 3. Instead, Apple CEO Tim Cook will unveil an iPad HD. That's right, Apple is apparently going to break away from its numerical naming scheme and instead intends to highlight the retina display on this iteration of the iPad.

At least, that's what the folks over at CNet think. The site says it spoke to a developer who has "previously provided reliable information with respect to all things Apple and otherwise" and this person says the new iPad will be named the iPad HD. If true, this should put an end to the 'iPad 3 or iPad 2S?' questions that have been floating around the last few months. Based on the rumored specs, it's possible this new iPad won't be a full upgrade over last year's model and will instead be a minor 'in between' upgrade, similar to the leap between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. If this is the case, choosing the name iPad HD over iPad 2S is probably a wise move -- it makes the fact that this isn't a major upgrade less obvious to the average consumer.

In other iPad 3 news (because lately there just hasn't been enough), iMore, the site that first reported the March 7 launch date, has said that the iPad 3/HD/2S will be a 4G LTE device. This information is all they've got on the subject, and it's not exactly a new rumor, but the site says it came from the same source that gave them the March 7 event info so take from that what you will.

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Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • southernshark
    Who cares?
  • Dandalf
    So let me get this straight... the launch of this device is tomorrow yet we are still meant to be interested in yet another rumour about it? Maybe you could have not printed this article, and seen what happens tomorrow? Like anyone on this site would care either way?
  • soo-nah-mee
    southernsharkWho cares?I do. I need to know when to sell my shares of Apple stock (using the etrade app on my Transformer Prime).
  • coreym72
    Uh oh... I have a feeling marketing will keep APPL stock well above where it should. Nothing new on that either.
  • blah_45
    LOOOOK AT MEEEE!!! I'm third in line to post. Yay!! The world can see my post!! YAYYY!!!!
  • bloodymaze
    And this is why the economy is bad.

    -- Apple revamps an overpriced product to re-sell it @ the same/higher price -- and people still buy it...

  • chronicbint
    Bottom line, people buy the iPad because its the best overall tablet, by a long shot.
  • igot1forya
    chronicbintBottom line, people buy the iPad because its the best overall tablet to them, by a long shot.Fixed it!
  • lancelot123
    chronicbintBottom line, people buy the iPad because its the best overall tablet, by a long shot.Its like being the smartest kid on the short bus.
    southernsharkWho cares?You obviously do enough to open the article and comment lol