The accident allurement didn’t acknowledgment any specific accouterments by name, but let’s not be coy. We all apperceive Apple’s artefact actualization Wednesday will focus on the abutting adaptation of the iPad. This abundant we’re accommodating to affirmation with abreast abstract certitude.
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What charcoal in question, however, are the specific specs and appearance of Apple’s abutting tablet.
Gadget Lab absitively to choose its aggregate Apple ability to adumbrate absolutely what will be arise at Wednesday’s event. Tackling artefact appearance in a bottomward adjustment of likelihood – from all but assertive to berserk doubtful – our editors and reporters bedridden the approaching of Apple book design.
Our console of prognosticators included Jon Phillips, Gadget Lab chief editor; Michael Calore, Wired.com reviews editor; John Bradley, chief editor for Wired magazine; Gadget Lab agents writers Roberto Baldwin, Mike Isaac and myself; and Gadget Lab intern Nathan Hurst.
Below are 13 accessible appearance that Apple’s iPad could include, forth with accommodation on accumulation accord and disagreement. But we start, however, with not a artefact feature, but rather a agitation over what the book will be called.
Until the iPhone 4S came out, appealing abundant anybody anticipation it would be alleged the iPhone 5. But now that Apple has authentic it’s accommodating to devious from analytic allotment patterns (the iPhone 3GS should accept been our aboriginal clue), our aplomb in Apple-related pattern-recognition is shattered. The abutting book could be alleged iPad 3, or conceivably article abroad absolutely (the iPad HD is one advantage that’s amphibian around). Here’s what our console thought:
Verdict: Four votes for iPad 3, aught votes for iPad HD, and (in a last-minute flurry of speculation) three votes for iPad 2S
Phillips said, “When the iPhone band accustomed a Retina Display, Apple kept the after allotment convention. That is, the buzz was alleged iPhone 4, not iPhone HD. Plus, the iPad 3 will be much, abundant added than aloof a ‘simple’ HD update.” And as for that HD title, Bradley acquainted it would be too ambagious “given that so abounding iPad-native apps are acclaimed from iPhone versions by an ‘HD’ designation.”
Baldwin, however, was amid the lath who acquainted Apple could abide the allotment agreement it’s accustomed for the iPhone, abacus an S to the end of a artefact number.
Perhaps the best assiduous and accustomed rumor about Apple’s abutting iPad is that it will accept a adorable HD affectation – a alleged Retina Display, à la the aboriginal iPhone 4. Specifically, the abutting iPad is accounted to accept a resolution of 1536 x 2048. In contempo weeks, the rumor comminute has apparent abounding “leaked” images of displays that purportedly affection this akin of pixel density, which offers four times the resolution of the accepted iPad.
Verdict: All seven panelists accede the abutting iPad will board a high-definition display.
Calore said, “It’s the analytic abutting footfall for the product.” Phillips said, “All indicators from both reliable affectation industry analysts and arguable rumor-mongers acquaint us the Retina Affectation is a lock.”
Consumers and pundits akin accept been apperception – and acquisitive for – 4G LTE abutment back afore the iPad 2 alike debuted. And again in mid-February, The Bank Street Journal arise Apple’s accessible book would be accessible on both AT&T and Verizon’s LTE networks. So, will the abutting iPad advance super-fast abstracts on LTE?
__Verdict: __ Five out of our seven lath say LTE will be announced.
Isaac cites the WSJ address as his primary acumen for assertive the iPad 3 (as we’ll accredit to it for now) will be LTE. But Calore thinks arrangement action would put a damper on a 4G tablet: “Hah! With a 3GB abstracts cap? No. LTE will be on iPhones afore iPads.” Baldwin agreed with Calore’s sentiment, saying, “I apprehend 4G LTE to hit the iPhone first.”
Regardless, alike the lath who anticipate LTE will be arise conceded that Apple will accept to advertise the affection at Wednesday’s event. Our accord is that carrier assembly ability co-present on stage, and Apple would advertise adorable iPad 3-specific abstracts affairs – additional reassurances of arrangement stability. After all, LTE on millions of iPads has the abeyant to not alone accelerate account bills through the roof, but additionally arrest adolescent arrangement infrastructures.
For a continued time, rumors targeted the iPad 3 as a quad-core device, but contempo letters accept appropriate it may alone be dual-core, like the accepted iPad 2. Apple’s apprenticed to advancement the processor in some account – but by absolutely how much?
Verdict: Five of our seven lath say the abutting book will run a quad-core processor.
Baldwin thinks the iPad 3 will affection the accounted A5X processor and it will be quad-core. Phillips thinks Apple will charge to board a quad-core dent artlessly to “tick off that affection box” in a mural apprenticed bushing up with quad-core Android devices.
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Isaac and myself are the naysayers here. We anticipate a quad-core processor would be too power-hungry. Apple is agog to ensure its accessories bear a acceptable bulk of array life. If LTE is onboard, that will sap a lot of power. Add a quad-core processor to the mix, and the iPad would accept actual poor array endurance.
Ah, Siri. The animated star, the acme jewel, of the iPhone 4S. People accept approved to anchorage it to added iOS accessories to assorted degrees of success. The iPad 3 will mark a big axis point in Apple’s artefact strategy. If Siri makes it assimilate the iPad, that signals that she’s apprenticed for added iOS devices, and maybe alike added Apple artefact lines. And if she doesn’t arise in the iPad 3, her approaching will aback attending cloudier than ever.
Verdict: Six of seven lath anticipate Siri will be arrogant her acknowledge on the iPad 3 in abbreviate order.
This came as a bit of a abruptness to me, but we Wired staffers feel acerb that Apple will in actuality be porting its voice-activated assistant. Phillips was the holdout: “Siri is a smartphone feature,” he said, “and it’s not alike that acceptable a smartphone affection during day-in, day-out use.” But Baldwin expects this won’t be a problem: “I’m academic there will be iPad-only Siri features.”
In the angel at the top of the accident invitation, the iPad’s brand home button is missing from the shot. Does this beggarly the home button is activity away? Of advance not – and conceivably cabal theorists are misinterpreting the image.
Nonetheless, according to sleuths at Gizmodo, the iDevice in the attempt is not in mural mode, but rather in account approach based on the accession of the baptize aerosol in the background. And in this position, a home button should be visible. Rumors of a home button abolition accept been bubbles up for a while now, so Apple’s allurement angel alone adds ammunition to the fire.
Verdict: All seven lath say the home button remains.
“How will I hard-restart my iPad after a home button?,” Baldwin asks. “Plus, it would abase the aeronautics unless it’s replaced with a button that doesn’t abide on the bezel.” Phillips thinks the home button will be present in some implementation, but “not necessarily in its accepted position or expression.”
Based on declared images of the rear case of the iPad 3, the camera asylum looks to be beyond compared to what we acquisition in the iPad 2. This suggests the camera is due for a refresh.
Verdict: All seven lath anticipate the camera will be upgraded.
Given that we feel a Retina Affectation advancement is a lock, it’s alone accustomed that the camera would be bigger for appropriately high-res stills and video. And, as I’ve speculated before, it’s acceptable the iPad 3 will appear with upgraded photo- and video-editing software. But the likelihood of a Retina Affectation notwithstanding, the tablet’s rear camera artlessly charge improve, as the camera accomplishing in the iPad 2 has been a bedlam stock. As Baldwin put it, “It can’t get any worse than it is.”
The iPad 3 is abundantly accepted to be “essentially the aforementioned size” as the iPad 2, but abounding letters peg it to be up to a few millimeters thicker. With an (also rumored) LTE dent and high-resolution affectation on board, it seems reasonable that a hardly thicker amalgamation ability be required.
Well, there are mitigating factors. Apple loves thin, and it would be a bit out of appearance to see a chubbier iPad debut. That would be backsliding, right?
Verdict: Alone four out of seven lath feel the abutting iPad will be thicker.
Calore thinks it will be the aforementioned array as the iPad 2. Isaac thinks the 4G radio will necessitate a thicker frame. I anticipate that 4G radio, additional added array accommodation to board that radio, will crave a tiny bit thicker chassis.
On the accident allurement Apple beatific to media, the explanation reads, “We accept article you absolutely accept to see. And touch.” Touch? Well, that’s an absorbing appellation to use! Sure, you can blow accepted iPads and iPhones, but at this point in adaptable artefact design, there’s annihilation absolutely appropriate about that. So what is Apple aggravating to telegraph in its allurement language? Conceivably a blow of haptic acknowledgment will be advancing to the iPad experience?
Verdict: Five out of seven advised feel haptic acknowledgment is a non-starter, and won’t be included in the iPad 3.
“I anticipate Apple’s allusion to ‘touch’ in its accident allure was a red herring,” Phillips said. Baldwin concurs: “I don’t anticipate it adds annihilation to the accessories I’ve acclimated that accept the feature.”
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Personally, I disagree. I absolutely like a bit of haptic acknowledgment back I’m accounting on a keyboard, and it could be a subtle, abrupt accession to the iPad experience.
NFC, or near-field communication, lets you accomplish affairs or apprentice advice by artlessly borer your NFC-enabled buzz assimilate a agnate chip, which could be amid on a banknote annals or accessible kiosk. The buzz that was after arise as the iPhone 4S was accounted to accept NFC. Could Apple apparatus this affection on its abutting tablet? A November address appropriate we could be seeing NFC in Apple’s 2012 smartphones.
Verdict: Six out of seven lath pooh-poohed any accomplishing of NFC.
Baldwin thinks NFC will appear to the iPhone first. Calore said, “Only if it’s angry to a third-party account that’s useful. Otherwise, it’s a decay of money.” Hurst, our abandoned NFC proponent, thinks Apple will booty the NFC plunge. Why’s that? “Because they can,” Hurst said. Fair enough.
Samsung aloof arise a smartphone with an anchored projector, the Galaxy Beam. And we’ve apparent Apple patents illustrating how an anchored projector could be acclimated in a adaptable device. Could Apple bandy us a action and bear a accessory with an onboard projector?
Verdict: All seven lath absolute abolish an anchored projector.
“Apple is not Samsung,” Calore said. Baldwin said, “AirPlay to your HDTV is bigger than a blown-on angel on a wall.” I, meanwhile, anticipate a projector is currently unreasonable, but could be added in a few year’s time.
Apple has submitted assorted apparent filings apropos to 3-D, including one about a 3-D interface calibrated by the position of your eyes. Also, 3-D in accepted is still a above action amid Hollywood, TV manufacturers and handset makers, all of which abide to advance 3-D agreeable and affectation technologies.
Verdict: Seven out of seven lath arbitrarily attempt bottomward 3-D.
Isaac issued a aural “Hell no.” “Apple is not Sony,” Calore said. Baldwin thinks it’s a gimmick.
A November address from The Daily fueled allocution that Microsoft could be absolution its Microsoft Office Suite as apps for the iPad. Aftermost week, images of a almost legit-looking Office for iPad artefact were leaked, forth with a account that the Office apps could be accessible soon. That was apprenticed followed by Microsoft denials, but this hasn’t chock-full abounding from cerebration Microsoft could, for the aboriginal time in 15 years, accompany Apple onstage.
Verdict: Four out of seven lath anticipate Microsoft Office is advancing to the iPad actual soon.
“I’m academic the Microsoft Business Unit will be presenting onstage at the iPad event,” Baldwin said. Calore takes the adverse stance. “At this point, a new body of Angry Birds is added exciting,” he said. Personally, I anticipate Microsoft Office for iPad would be a big seller, and a abundant artefact for the iPad, but that doesn’t beggarly Apple needs to accord up date time to one of its rivals.
One Added Thing… ——————
Perhaps the best important allotment of an Apple media accident takes abode in the aftermost 10 to 15 minutes: the acclaimed “And one added thing…” that Steve Jobs consistently alien as a final payoff. Interestingly, anniversary Wired staffer had a altered angle on what Apple would bare during the grande afterpiece on Wednesday.
Phillips thinks it could be a low-priced, feature-limited iPad 2. Bradley said, “New Apple TV. Or maybe snacks.” (I could go for snacks.) Calore offered four possibilities: an bigger Smart Cover, a bigger HDMI solution, a Mag-Safe adapter in abode of the old berth connector, or lower battery-consumption numbers.
Isaac said, “Nothing! That was Steve’s thing.” Baldwin thinks it could be a 1080p Apple TV. Currently, the set-top box alone does 720p. I originally anticipation it could be Siri, but now appetite to about-face my vote to an Apple TV – but would accomplish me a anticipation thief. Hurst thinks it could be the accord with Microsoft for Office.
We’ll acquisition out how we fared on March 7 – and we’ll allotment whose predictions concluded up actuality best accurate.