[Editorial] My predictions for iPad 3

Posted by: Brett

You’ve heard all the rumors and speculation regarding the forthcoming iPad 3. I feel obligated to post my own predictions about what I’m expecting for tomorrow’s event in San Francisco. Apple released their invite to the press last week and the day has finally arrived. Keep reading to find out what I’m predicting will be announced tomorrow. None of the following predictions are guaranteed to be correct, nor am I a soothsayer.

Hardware

Keeping in accordance with all the casing leaks as of late, I’m predicting the exact same hardware design with some extra tapering around the sides and an overall slightly thicker chassis, but not by much, maybe a millimeter or two. Next, I’m also going to predict that the device will retain the legendary home button. It’s just too standard and well known for Apple to simply remove it. As rumored, the device will incorporate a 2048 by 1536 resolution, bringing the ppi amount at 260, granting it Retina display rights. Apple will without a doubt tout the ultra clear and large display tomorrow. Although the device will have a vastly improved screen, I still firmly believe it will not be called iPad HD, but rather iPad 3.

Even though there have been recent reports claiming the iPad will not include an A6 chip, but rather an improved variant of the A5, I’m still going to have to go with the A6 chip. In addition, 1GB of RAM is a necessity. In order for Apple to compete with high-end Android tablets, the iPad 3 must include a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. Last year was the year of dual-core tablets, so this year, Apple must step it up to compete. If an A5X processor were to be introduced, it’d still be considered dual-core. Everything else hardware-wise will remain unchanged. Buttons will most likely not be moved. Should they be moved, it would be minimal to account for the extra tapering on the edges.

Camera

As far as cameras go, I’m sticking with a 5 megapixel camera for iPad 3. Recent reports have also suggested an 8 megapixel camera, but it would just be too fast for Apple and an 8 megapixel camera just isn’t necessary at this point for a tablet. I’m predicting the camera will in fact be capable of 1080 video recording. Otherwise, no other major camera changes should be in tow.

Software, Connectivity, and Price

iPad 3 will be running iOS 5.1 out of the box. I believe it will have full-blown Siri capabilities. iMore has a great write up with images of how Apple could possibly incorporate Siri onto a larger screen. Since Siri was announced for iPhone 4S, I thought it was inevitable that every device released after that would include Siri, as each device becomes more capable. I’m confident the next iPad will support LTE connectivity on AT&T and Verizon, especially after Verizon’s splash page today saying that “something is coming”, presumably meaning an LTE iPad 3 on their network. Also, a large amount of rumors seem to agree with the fact that there will be LTE. Price-wise, i’m going to predict that the price points will be exactly the same for both the 3G and WiFi models, although LTE service will cause service plans to be slightly higher.

All of the above are my predictions for iPad 3, which will be unveiled tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco California and I’ll have coverage of the releases and announcements of tomorrow’s proceedings.

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