Apple is set to launch its latest iPad on Wednesday evening, with an improved display and new touch-screen functionality at the top of the rumour list.
Apple is hosting a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10am PST today, which is due to be streamed live to media at a special event in London.
The invite has only the barest of details: “Please join Apple on 7 March for a Special Event,” it reads.
“We have something you really have to see. And touch.”
The touch reference indicates a major change in the device screen, with one site reporting earlier today that the next iPad will feature ‘feel’ technology so that users feel a corrugated or rough surface, for example, rather than just the same smooth glass.
The iPad 3 is also expected to offer a sharper display through the use of the retina display technology used on the iPhone 4.
The iPad 2 has a 10in screen with a resolution of 1024x768, or 132 pixels per inch (ppi), compared to the iPhone 4/4S which boasts a resolution of 960x640 at 326 ppi in its 3.5in screen.
Speedier performance through a processor upgrade and higher-resolution cameras could also be on the cards. The current model features a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip but Apple could jump on the quad-core bandwagon, touted by so many of the vendors attending Mobile World Congress.
Video recording may also be improved, as at present HD video can be only recorded on the iPad 2 at 720p, compared to the popular Android-based Asus Transformer Prime which records at 1080p. As such some have suggested Apple will call the device the iPad HD.
Whatever features Apple does or does not add, the device is bound to be another hot seller, with iPad fever yet to die down despite Android tablet manufacturers’ best efforts. Apple managed to shift 15 million iPad 2 devices in the last quarter alone.
From V3’s point of view, a keyboard dock, support for LTE networks, and the ability to run Flash are among our top 10 most-wanted additions to the next iPad.
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