By Subadri at 30 April, 2012, 1:34 pm
Apple fans may get their first look at the third-generation iPad on March 7. That’s the date that the company reportedly has circled on the calendar for its next big product unveiling, widely expected to be the computing-out party of the iPad 3.
Naturally, this hasn’t been confirmed officially – Apple hasn’t even said publicly that it has a follow-up in the works – but an early March date has been reported by the iMore blog and All Things D, which cited “sources who have been reliable in the past”.
There’s also the fact that Appple chose Wednesdays for the past two iPad reveals, so if that pattern holds and the “early March” rumor is true, the company’s pretty much stuck with March 7 or nothing.
The iPad 3 also rumored to have a 2048-by-1536 Retina display and pack a new quad-core processor, the A6, a step up from the dual-core part in the iPad 2. The next-gen tablet may or may not have 4G LTE, according to the iMore blog.
Asian parts reseller iLab Factory posted images of what it says may be some of the components of the iPad 3, including a high resolution LCD screen manufactured by Sharp, a back plate with an Apple logo and a 30-pin dock connector. The site notes that the purported back plate is a tad thicker than the one used on the iPad 2, meaning the next-generation tablet may grow about I millimeter in profile, but would remain the same length and width.