Apple is once again stirring the rumor mill with news that it’s been testing a tablet with a smaller screen supplied from component partners in Asia (China?) and get this, it’s rumored to be an 8-inch display. It’s not exactly a stretch from the iPad 2‘s 9.7-inch display, but as we know in the world of technology, the adage “size matters” rings true so much that every single millimeter counts. Take for example Huawei’s Ascend P1 S unseating Motorola’s Droid Razr as world’s thinnest smartphone by 0.4 mm.
On second thought, almost two inches is a big change, think of all the things that Apple would have to redo to make everything fit in a smaller space. We’re talking cleverly
resizing cameras, buttons and ports. Maybe resizing is too out there, and cleverly repositioning them would make more sense. We’re sure of one thing though, it should be backwards compatible.
As always, Apple has chosen to remain mum on the issue. Could they just be starting up a rumor in prep for the
iPad 3 launch in March? Or do they really want to get into Samsung‘s face with competing and similar-sized products?
We do know that Apple doesn’t like to conform with the market, and prefers to launch innovations that the market itself benchmarks. What do you guys think? Would you get a smaller iPad? Leave us a message in the comments below.
Check out the gallery below for our round-up of iPad 3 rumors…
iPad 3 to come with thinner, lighter battery with more juice
Rumor has it that the iPad 3 will boast a
thinner and lighter battery than the one found on the current version. This bodes well for the device's overall look. And, that's not all. The new battery pack will also have more juice giving more points to portability. However, these improvements will also come at a price which means the iPad 3 could potentially cost a bit more than its predecessors.
Retina Display on the iPad 3
We wanted it to land on the
iPad 2, too bad that didn't happen. Now we're hearing the so-called Retina Display will find its way to the iPad 3 at least according to Apple blogger extraordinaire John Gruber who says the device will have double the resolution of the tablet's current version.
Apple iPad HD aka iPad 2 Plus
The iPad 2 was outed this year but, if this
report is true, then we could be seeing another newer version rolling out before the year ends. No, this one's not the iPad 3 but rather an upgraded version of its predecessor that's HD-ready and compatible with professional-grade video-editing software like Final Cut Pro.
iPad 3 will have a better camera with flash
We're not fond of taking photos using tablets but, for those who do, they might be pleased to know that the iPad 3 could
come with a better shooter and built-in LED flash, something that is missing with the iPad 2. It's not surprising if it does since a camera with flash isn't really something new with today's mobile devices.
Apple iPad 3 to have carbon fibre casing
A few months back, Apple
a carbon fibre expert which ignited a rumor that says the company's upcoming devices like the iPad 3 could come with carbon fibre casing. If this is true then we could expect the tablet to be more durable and even lighter than the already lightweight iPad 2.
iPad 3 to have a 2GHz dual-core chip from Samsung
rep said they're planning to release a handset with a 2GHz dual-core CPU next year, the buzz about the iPad 3 also having it surfaced. It might surprise you given their recent legal battles but Sammy actually makes the A4 and A5 chips for Apple's iPhones and iPads so this rumor actually makes a bit of sense.
NFC chip on the iPad 3
The iPhone 5 will
reportedly have an NFC (Near-Field Communication) chip, so why not the iPad 3? If this one is real then the next version of Apple's wonder tablet could function like a smart card and even allow for easy wireless interactions between it and other Apple devices (i.e. Macs).
4G LTE iPad 3
The iPad 2 only has 3G connectivity though that wasn't really a problem at the time since 4G networks aren't that widespread yet. However, seeing that some of its rivals are already serving 4G-capable devices, it's not a far-fetched idea that Tim Cook and co. will make an LTE iPad 3. There are even
that say it could come during the holidays!
Source The Wall Street Journal