Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apple iPad3 Announcement in March? - New A5X CPU, 8MP Camera...?

It looks like a few details are leaking from sources in China regarding new photos of a possible logic board for an iPad3 as rumors begin to circulate. The acclaimed A5X (eXtreme?) would be an upgraded dual-core processor would boost the graphics and processing power from the iPad2 A5 dual-core processor chip. A few rumors earlier this year suggested Apple equipping the iPad3 with a quad-core processor - possibly a quadcore Apple A6. However, a recent report claimed Apple to be sticking to dual-core processors.

In addition to the upgraded processor, a speculated 8MP rear camera will be replacing the very poor camera resolution from the iPad2. A possible front facing camera much like the iPhone4S with 720P video resolution may be added to the iPad3 as well.

One interesting idea for the 8MP camera being intended for taking photos “scan” of or close to 8.5x11 sized documents, perhaps with a “Scan” app that automatically detects, stabilizes the image, captures, and crops the image.

When a photo is taken at 8MP:

300dpi 11.5" (29.3cm) 7.7" (19.5cm) hi-res

This would be highly beneficial for Apple as they are pushing schools to move further towards going paperless.

Rumors also sprouted about 4G LTE networking capability for the iPad3; also expected for iPhone 5 which is expected to launch this summer 2012, since no 4G capability was a setback on the highly anticipated with the iPhone 4s.

The next hardware revision for Apple is expected to be announced on or around March 7th. Until then we can only hope that the iPad3 new features would stay at a realistic price-point. Apple usually does a good job at this so we are not too worried...

It should be a bitter-sweet product launch as the 2 prior launches were headed by Steve Jobs who sadly lost his struggle with Pancreatic Cancer at age 56 last year.

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