We’re just hours away from one of the biggest announcements Apple will make this year. Riding on a tsunami of rumours and speculations, the new iPad will make its global debut in San Francisco at 10AM PST on Wednesday, March 7 or 2AM on Thursday, March 8, our time. We’ll be up to catch the latest and you’re up for it here are the live blogs we recommend you follow.
It’s official, Apple will be unveiling the iPad 3 next week. How do we know that it’s official? Well, Apple has already sent out invites for the event. But with Apple being Apple, it’s a sure bet that the invite has so much more to tell than just a date and a venue. And sure enough, it does.
Gizmodo theorises that the “And Touch” phrase in the Apple invite suggests that Apple will do away with the iconic hardware home button in the new iPad.
Here’s what Gizmodo has to say:
…there seems to be NO home button, which explains the mention of the “And touch.” in their invitation. How can we know? First, the photo they are showing is on portrait mode. You can’t achieve that icon spacing in the landscape mode (which is the only explanation for the lack of home button). Moreover, the icon falls right onto the same water drop that the current iPad 2 falls while in portrait mode. It’s clearly a photo of the iPad in portrait mode. And there’s no button to be seen.
Rumours of a home button-less iPhone/iPad have been around for ages but in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, this no button vision didn’t happen. Could the iPad 3 finally confirm this rumour to be true? It sure does look like it.
Right on que – after the major Android manufactures have made all their MWC announcements — Apple has sent out invites to the unveiling of its next iPad. The iPad 3 (name yet to be confirmed) will be unveiled on March 7 (March 8 Malaysian time).
The event will take place in San Francisco at 10AM PST, on Wednesday, March 7. That’s 2AM, on March 8, our time.
From the invite, we can see that the new iPad will feature a higher resolution screen possible with 2048×1536 pixel resolution. On a 9.7-inch screen, that will give you a pixel density of about 264 ppi. You can also expect a much faster processor in the new iPad. Rumours are rife that it will be a quad-core unit. We won’t be surprised if Siri makes it into the new iPad iteration as well.
Another interesting rumour is saying that the new iPad will be available in more markets faster with some market possibly selling the device within a few days of the announcement, or maybe even on the event day itself.
There’s also a lot of talk of Microsoft will share the stage with Apple at the iPad 3 launch. The software giant is believed to be working on iPad versions of its ubiquitous Microsoft Office. Full Microsoft Office support on the iPad could effectively change the way we work in a very, very big way. This is something we are looking forward to come March 8.
Whatever it is, we will be able to get all the juicy details together in a week from now.
Now, iPad 2 owners, have you start looking for a buyer yet?