Apple plans to unveil its latest tablet PC, the iPad3, in early March. AllThingsD, an online IT news provider affiliated with the Wall Street Journal, reported Thursday that Apple will release the iPad3 in San Francisco.
The company launched the iPad in January 2010 and the iPad2 in March last year.
The iPad3 is Apple's first product to be released since the death of founder and CEO Steve Jobs last year. Jobs died two days after the iPhone 4S was unveiled in October. Its global sales skyrocketed because it was the last product Jobs oversaw.
In the fast-paced IT industry, five months is a long time. Even if the iPad3 may contain the basic concept Jobs put into motion, a lot will have changed.
The iPad3 is expected to contain major hardware improvements over the iPad2. The biggest change will likely be the display. Media reports say the iPad3 will feature the “retina display,” first used in the iPhone 4, which offers a four times higher resolution than its predecessor. The pixels on a retina display are so fine that they cannot be distinguished by the naked eye, according to Apple. The 9.7-inch display on the iPad3 will contain over 3.14 million pixels.
The application processor is also expected to be twice as fast. The iPad2 used a dual-core processor, but the iPad3 could feature a quad-core processor. The drawback is increased power consumption that shortens battery life.
But some market watchers forecast Apple will opt for a dual-core processor while boosting the quality of the graphic processor chip instead.
The iPad3 will also include the "Siri" voice-recognition system first used in the iPhone 4S. The service is currently available in English, German and French, and Korean, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese will likely be added. Apple said the service would support Korean in 2012.