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  • iPad 3 to Follow iPhone 4S's Footsteps: No Redesign, Just Better Hardware?

    "Why fix what ain't broke'?"

    The iPad 2 was a great hit - selling millions worldwide and breaking the record from the iPad 1. It featured a complete redesign that was so slim that it made the iPad 1 feel like a MacBook Pro in your hand. Unfortunately, Apple seems to agree that the iPad 2 is a hit and they might not intend to change that design for the iPad 3. Hardware on the other hand; we can expect to see some changes in that spectrum.

    We've heard rumor that the iPad 3 is going to have a retina display, because of that the device will be approximately 1MM thicker than the iPad 2 which has a standard resolution display. The retina display would mean that the GPU (graphics processing unit) would need an upgrade too - it's a huge resolution. Because of the iPad 2's curved nature on the rear end, you probably won't notice the thicker profile.

    What appears to be flying around in Apple space now is that we will be seeing some major camera upgrades. 9to5Mac sources iLounge's Jeremy Horwtiz who bled out some details that he found from the iPad's manufacturers themselves. In that it appears that the iPad 3 will get the FaceTime HD camera in the front, replacing that VGA-quality camera that you already have and replacing it with the 720p version that we find in our MacBook Pros and other Mac computers. This means that the FaceTime calls you have will look better on that supposed retina display because honestly, VGA quality doesn't hold the best quality and resolution, where 720p does.

    We also see that the rear camera could be upgraded from the honestly sad and disgusting one megapixel camera, all the way up to either five or eight megapixels. This would put the iPad up against the iPhone, but I don't personally think that it could ever be as convenient of a point and shoot device simply because of the sheer size of the iPad.

    Horwitz finalizes his ideas by stating that the iPad 2 could stick around for just $299-399 while the iPad 3 becomes available at the asking price of the current iPad 2: $499. If this is the case, then it will follow suit with the fact that the iPhone 4 is available as a dumbed-down iPhone instead of buying the new iPhone 4S. If this is the case, will you be buying an iPad 2 or an iPad 3? Share in the comments.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 3 to Follow iPhone 4S's Footsteps: No Redesign, Just Better Hardware? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      Flash player is going extinct anyway. Soon the web will be html5 and thise android tablets will have nothing to brag about.
      Jobs been saying this for a couple years now, around the time when iPhone came out.
      How many years is that?
      Are we even close to replacing flash just in U.S. with HTML5?
      I see Androids can brag about it for a long time actually.

      Unfortunately I bought my iPad 1, and girlfriend gave me iPad 2 for Xmas...
      Can't return and exchange for Android device because it is a gift from girlfriend or I would have the minute I received it.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      299 would be a good price for iPad 2!!! Don't use cameras that much and iPad screens are good already
    1. lorderick70's Avatar
      lorderick70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hktvb2001 View Post
      No flash player no ipad for me.
      My iphone is enoughz
      In that case you'll never have an iPad ever! lol
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by ikesmasher View Post
      how bout a basic FM tuner?
      +1.

      A built-in radio standard app that doesn't require wifi/data would be great.
    1. birdieman's Avatar
      birdieman -
      I am not too crazy about Flash since the Adobe Flash team is already dismantled. Retina display was rumored for iPad 2, so I don't expect anything less. I still used my iPad 1G since I had an iPhone 4 so that I can do Facetime already. There is no real reason to get iPad 2G and the lens quality is inferior to the iPhone. Jailbreak would be a huge question mark for the next generation. Guess we just have to wait for the announcement to really know what's new and what's not. Rumor is good but what a disappointment last year 4S not 5???
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      if i can sell my old device for the same price as the new one, 1-2 weeks before it comes out...(like every gen iphone and ipad 1 i had) then yes...i will buy this new one...
      there are a lot of stupid people out there..
      You win the integrity award.
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      299 would be a good price for iPad 2!!! Don't use cameras that much and iPad screens are good already
      I agree. The thought of a discounted ipad 2 appeals more to me then a full priced iPad 2S. I think apple is getting too comfortable playing the "S" card that it is gonna end up making apple lose a lot of generational upgraders. They are better off just letting the iPad 2 roll on at it's current market set then to undersell themselves with a mediocre S upgrade with discounted pricing on their prior model. Especially if A5 gets the holy 5.01 gem everyone is waiting for. Then SIRI won't be much of a selling point for them any longer.

      Cramming in a bajillion pixels looks good on paper but can't see much use for it in practicality when the iPads screen estate is so well used as it is.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      The writers here at ModMyI really need to stop changing up their stories every few days. It wasn't long ago that they said the iPad would be thicker, then even more thinner, and now it's staying the same.

      It is starting to get annoying.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      The writers here at ModMyI really need to stop changing up their stories every few days. It wasn't long ago that they said the iPad would be thicker, then even more thinner, and now it's staying the same.

      It is starting to get annoying.
      Lol are you serious? Blame the writers for the fact that new rumors are released daily?
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkflame View Post
      I agree. The thought of a discounted ipad 2 appeals more to me then a full priced iPad 2S. I think apple is getting too comfortable playing the "S" card that it is gonna end up making apple lose a lot of generational upgraders. They are better off just letting the iPad 2 roll on at it's current market set then to undersell themselves with a mediocre S upgrade with discounted pricing on their prior model. Especially if A5 gets the holy 5.01 gem everyone is waiting for. Then SIRI won't be much of a selling point for them any longer.

      Cramming in a bajillion pixels looks good on paper but can't see much use for it in practicality when the iPads screen estate is so well used as it is.
      Im happy with my ipad 1 have 2 of them. 64gb 3g and a 32 wi-fi. The camera and facetime I have no use for. EXCEPT maybe for scanning a document. I do that quite frequently with my iphone and then send it to my ipad for editing.

      I would buy a couple of the ipad 2 if the price dropped to $299!!! No interest in the 2S(3) unless it wowed me in some other way. I have a Nook color and a Touchpad I only use the ipad. I love the OS on the touchpad but There are little to no useful apps for me. I need a PDF editor, sign and send, comic reader, good BOOK reader, ut it does one thing the ipad cannot... Flash! With my ipad a remote desktop into my server and then run the Flash medical website I need. I hope they move to html 5 so I can stop with the RDP!!! The touchpad does it directly, only reason I use it...

      Quote Originally Posted by babyydaveyy View Post
      I don't think I'll ever get an iPad since my iPhone is enough for me, but having a retina display on a screen that size would definitely look great!

      I also think that everyone is still a little disappointed about the iPhone not getting a redesign, so if the iPad 3 doesn't get one, I think most iPad 2 users will stick with their iPad 2.
      WELL not "everyone" the iphone 4S is the best selling iphone of all!!
    1. cnnn's Avatar
      cnnn -
      I want FaceTime HD, Retina Display, A6(quad core?), 8MP Back Camera as good as iPhone 4S, and Siri.
    1. Arceus498's Avatar
      Arceus498 -
      I still believe that the iPad 2 alone should get Siri and show the true power of the A5, why when somebody buys a 32gb iPad 2 for 730 they don't get siri? But the 4S who are paying nearly the same without contract, but with contract only $300. Siri for iPad 2 and no 2S.
    1. Breezer23's Avatar
      Breezer23 -
      When you have a brainwashed fanbase - mediocrity is acceptable.

      That's not to say they don't make great products but they are no longer innovative.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      testing post
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by justibackwardsn View Post
      Guess you won't be getting any tablets that are released in the future, huh?

      I don't see how flash is so important. I've never missed it. Even if I went to a website that requires it there are usually some kind of workaround to getting the content I want.

      wont be getting any tablets that are released in the future? there are already tablets that support Flash, at least a dozen of them. Its not a matter of it being important, its what HE wants. you've never missed it but maybe HE does. as for a "workaround" its seems to me that iOS requires way too many workarounds. people have to jail break their devices to get such basic and simple functions that other OSes can do out of the box.
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      Heck, now 9to5 is saying iPad4 to arrive in October...
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezer23 View Post
      When you have a brainwashed fanbase - mediocrity is acceptable.

      That's not to say they don't make great products but they are no longer innovative.
      So true! Apple know's that million's will buy anything they release regardless of quality and innovation. Since the original iphone came out the only real innovative upgrade has been the retina display. Every other so called 'new feature" has been idea's Apple got from jailbroken iphone's. Until people stop buying everything Apple release's the lack of real innovation will continue.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cnnn View Post
      I want FaceTime HD, Retina Display, A6(quad core?), 8MP Back Camera as good as iPhone 4S, and Siri.
      i think u might have nailed it....

      really i think this ipad is gonna have retina display, A6 , better cameras and siri. this is what i see...and maybe camera flash.