iPad 3 may launch March 7, high-speed LTE expected, 8-inch iPad may be coming

So now we have a date. According to the iMore website, its sources are saying that the iPad 3 will be introduced on March 7. This is in sync with the earlier report by a usually reliable website that the event would be the first week in March. And March 7 is a Wednesday — the day that Apple has often used to launch a new product. Plus, there was the recent report of a major retailer discounting the iPad 2, which is usually in indication of clearing out stock in anticipation of a new model.

iMore's sources also said that not only would the iPad 3 have a 2048 × 1536 retina display, but also an A6 quad-core processor. And it gets better. No less than the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the new iPad would be compatible with Verizon's and AT&T's 4G LTE networks for speedy data transfer. A faster processor, faster network speeds, and a retina display — this iPad is sounding like a winner. An open question is whether the iPad 3's LTE capability would be compatible with other networks. You can read a discussion of this issue in another article on iMore.

In addition, the Wall Street Journal reported today in a separate article that Apple has shown designs of an 8-inch iPad to suppliers in Asia, suggesting that it's also considering selling a smaller model in order to broaden the tablet's appeal. If it's true, it's still in the idea stage, so we wouldn't be seeing an 8-inch iPad anytime soon.

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The Wall Street Journal has also posted a video that discusses Apple's consideration of an 8-inch iPad.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.