iPad 3 launch event in February?

Macotakara is reporting that Apple plans to unveil its next iOS powered tablet at some point next month. The Japanese blog has had a fairly hit-and-miss record in the past few years, and I’m unsure how well this report holds up. The sites sources claim that the next generation iPad will be revealed in “early February” with a full launch in stores a few weeks later, in early March.

It wouldn’t be completely unusual, but it does break with last year’s method of launch. The iPad 2 was unveiled on March 2nd 2011, and released on March 11th in the States. A couple of weeks afterwards, the iPad 2 was made available in a handful of other countries. Being a Brit, one thing I’m hoping for this year is that the slate will go on sale in more countries on opening day. Apple has the infrastructure and means to do it, so it’s not out of the question.

Specs are unknown. Bloomberg is expecting a higher resolution display, quad-core processor and LTE connectivity, all of which seem way out to me. Higher resolution display maybe couple with a higher powered dual-core A6 is a tentative bet at best. I’m not expecting a quad-core chip, and would most certainly be surprised if we got LTE connectivity. We are expecting the launch of a new “dot” software update – iOS 5.1, which comes with new features and wallpapers.

What do you think we’ll see on the next iPad (realistically)?

Via: Macotakara

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