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Apple iPad 3 release update: 8-inch screen and 4G LTE capability

apple-ipad021012_optBY BOB HOLT

Apple may be about to pose the age-old question: Does size matter? If current reports are true, apparently not.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is testing screen designs with some suppliers for a new 8-inch iPad. The report says Apple is just testing at this point, and may choose not to proceed with production. The iPad 2, launched in 2011, has a 9.7-inch screen.

Some analysts say that consumers are looking for smaller devices to carry around, and the 8-inch model would help Apple compete with such competitors as the 7-inch Amazon Kindle and Samsung’s 5.3 inch Galaxy Note. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is priced at $199, while the iPad's sells for $499.

Apple has stuck to the iPad's current form. Apple’s late former CEO Steve Jobs once said the iPad's 9.7-inch screen was "the minimum size required to create great tablet apps."

The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Verizon and AT&T will be selling a 4G LTE version of the upcoming iPad 3. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the only two carriers in the U.S. that offer LTE, and the only ones selling the iPad.


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The iPad 3 would become the first Apple device to be compatible with LTE. Apple wanted LTE in the iPhone 4S, but due to its short battery life, CEO Tim Cook said LTE was canceled, according to the International Business Times, because "first generation LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises."

Digital Trends reports that the next iPad is expected to have a retina display with 2048×1024 resolution, along with a much faster A6 processor, and a more powerful graphics processor. The iPad 3 is rumored to have improved front and back cameras, and also have iOS 5.

Most recent reports say Apple will release the iPad 3 on March 7 at an event in San Francisco.

Comments (3)
3 Friday, 17 February 2012 23:01
Gerry Grasmann
8 inch would be just greatkzjm
2 Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:19
Bradley McWhitstone
This is simple - if you hold the larger iPad 12" away from your face when you use it, all you have to do is hold the smaller one around 9.5" away from your face and you have the same insanely great end user experience. So no brainer, make it smaller - we will simply use our arms and hands as positioning aids for this wonderful device. On behalf of all humans, thank you Apple!
1 Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:21
Sam Covington
A device that will fit into a Business Jacket or Lab coat Pocket would be MUCH more useful and convenient to use than the present 10 inch iPad.
I am an ER Doc and I would find a device that would fit into my Lab coat pocket much more useful.
The smaller, more portable size would be easier to use and carry with one as well as being less likely to be dropped or damaged. Also, since it could be slipped into the pocket of a lab coat or suit coat, it would be less likely to be left on a desk where it could "walk off" .
Don't worry about the 7 inch size being less useful due to smaller size - look at what people do with all the various smart phones.

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