Speculations have been the lifeblood of Apple's successful launch of its products. New such speculations are swirling about the planned release date of iPad 3, set on March 7 this year. The supposed source of this prophecy was also the same source which guessed the correct release date of iPhone 4S so we can at least assume it's near accurate. Also, a Wall Street Journal report claims Apple's iPad 3 may have 4G LTE capabilities and that the company is trying to test out an 8-inch model to enter the smaller tablet market. This plan to compete in the smaller tablet market may take some time but the 4G LTE capability would certainly be a more likely feature especially since AT&T and Verizon, which are Apple's biggest carriers, are offering state-of-the-art, super-fast service.
According to rumors, Apple's third generation tablet will launch with a 2048x1536 Retina display, 4G LTE networking, and a quad-core A6 processor. Other than these features, the iPad3 is also expected to have better battery life and upgraded photographic capability. There will also be a rumored front-facing camera. The new device would be more or less look like its predecessor according to rumors.
The iPad is the currently number one tablet of choice worldwide, with Apple producing more than 55 million units since the first release in April 2010. As the appetite for tablets around the world surged, many manufacturers joined the competition but Apple remained at the top spot ever since. No other tablet manufacturer comes close to Apple's strong position and sales in this market. The closest rival to Apple's tablets is Amazon's Kindle Fire, which has now tallied a close number of sale outputs due mainly to its affordability but rather simpler functionality and design.
If the rumor is true that the launch of the iPad 3 is a mere weeks away, it will an explosive technology news for millions of Apple fans the world over. AllThingsD also reported the same information, suggesting that Apple is set to release the device during the first week of March. The release site will be the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, a place not unused to Apple product launchings.
A new updated version of iOS 5 is also set to be released in March 9, giving more credence to the rumors to be true. Apple, in its wisdom ever since, has refused to comment on this matter. It does not take a genius though to expect that both products will be released together for added interest to customers.