Event invites for the iPad 3 unveiling have finally been sent out. After months and months of speculation, all will be revealed in front of an anxious crowd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7. So what does Apple have in store? A lot, actually.
From the invitation alone, we can easily discern that the Retina Display is happening. The Calendar icon in the photo looks much sharper than in previous models, and the not so subtle “We have something you really have to see” pretty much hands it to us. While we’re on the subject of looks, photos leaked on Tuesday show that the next iteration will clearly be thicker than its predecessor, but not by a noticeable amount.
But it’s what’s on the inside that really counts, right? There’s been plenty of talk about how Apple will accommodate that sharper screen, with evidence of some big internal redesigns. On that front, there’s been leaks pointing to an 8-megapixel camera being readied in the pipeline, comparable to what’s currently in the iPhone 4S, and a larger battery to keep the ship running as well.
Perhaps the biggest question, though, is what processor will run inside Apple’s next-gen tablet. Will it be an A5X, or the A6? Evidence uncovered in iOS 5.1 beta suggested that an quad-core A6 was a possibility, until photos revealed the more incremental A5X chip. So what will it be? It’s hard to say, especially when the latest report suggests both chips are being developed simultaneously.
There’s a lot to digest, and a lot of rumors and speculation to sift through. The announcement is only a week away, so we’ll have all the answers to these burning questions soon. We’ll be sure to jump on anything else we find about the iPad 3 until then, so keep it locked here.