iPad 3 Predictions

Tim Cook will MC the event, and we will see more video clips and SVP stage time than Tim time. He will begin by rattling off some “incredible” numbers and stats from iPhone, Mac and Apple retail. At least 1 video will play. Then he will turn the attention to the iPad and talk about how it is revolutionizing the way we do stuff. He will recount the success of the iBooks platform and the recent adoption of text books and course publishing, and may even have some publishers there to talk about the awesome stuff they are doing. Then he will unveil the new iPad 3.

  • It will be called iPad 3.
  • The “theme” of the event will be high definition.
  • It will have a retina display. There will be a DPI number on a slide.
  • The body will be very similar if not identical. iPad 2 cases will fit it.
  • Expect a front facing HD video camera (720p) for HD FaceTime.
  • Some software that is visual in nature. I am thinking something like an image editor or painting app to show off the “just gorgeous” display.
  • It will have the A6 chip “to power the amazing graphics” which will not be quad core.
  • They will probably improve the camera on the back too.
  • There will be some accessory akin to the bumper and the smart cover, if not just a “Smart Cover 2” type product.
  • The bonus: A new HD-ier Apple TV with 1080p for displaying your beautiful iPad creations. There will also be some iCloud improvement in for the Apple TV, like movies on all your iOS devices or something.
  • Rachael’s prediction: some sort of real time file transfer procedure between iOS devices. Something like WebOS’s touch-to-share thing. (For the record, I think she is wrong.)
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