iPad 3 production already underway: March launch likely

opinion ipad 3 coming in februaryMore rumors are surfacing suggesting the iPad 3 will hit the shelves two months from now, in March.

Such a release date would pretty much fit with previous iPad releases—the original iPad model appeared early April 2010, while the iPad 2 came out last March.

According to a Bloomberg report, the next iteration of the popular tablet computer will incorporate a high-definition screen “with pixels small enough to make the images look like printed material.”

It’ll also be fitted with a quad-core chip offering much faster performance and offer 4G LTE support.

Apple is bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone because the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology,” the report stated.

Bloomberg said it obtained the information from “three people familiar with the product.”

The report also says that production of the new device has already started at Apple’s manufacturing partners in Asia, with Foxconn factories in China “running 24 hours.”

The iPad has been a massive hit with consumers since its launch nearly two years ago, with more than 40 million units sold to date, generating more than $25 billion in sales.

Other companies have tried but failed to come up with an iPad killer, and the Cupertino will be hoping that the latest version of its device will further cement its position as the tablet of choice for consumers.

Whereas last year’s rumors concerning the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 failed in many cases to hit the target, rumors about the iPad 3 have been fairly consistent up to now—meaning they might actually be right this time.

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