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February 20th, 2012 at 3:22 PM EST | by

These past few weeks have seen some iPad 3 rumors come together from various sources and we now have a better eye on what could be coming up in the next Apple iPad.

Apple is set to officially announce iPad 3 on March 7. When asked about the announcement, Jim Dalrymple of LoopInsight confirmed the inquiry with a simple yet definitive, “Yep.” Considering last year’s iPad 2 launch shortly after the official announcement, iPad 3 is likely to go on sale sometime in the middle of March.

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Frequent and consistent rumors about upgraded hardware and functionality in the new iPad 3 have been flying around the blogosphere for months now. We now know some of the bigger rumors are starting to stick.

iPad 3 tapered edge, 8MP camera

NextMedia.com was reporting on a supposed image of the new iPad 3 with a more gradual tapered edge(above) than the iPad 2, as well as a bigger camera lens. The quality of the new rear-facing camera could be as much as 8 megapixels.

Retina display coming to iPad 3

MacRumors.com has done a fine job of figuring out the new Retina display details. iPad 3’s resolution display will be 2048×1536, a big leap up in pixel density compared with the resolution of the first two iPads at 1024×768.

 

A5X dual-core processor coming to iPad 3, not A6 chip

Rumors about the next A6 processor chip may have been premature. An image of the supposed new iPad 3 chip turned up a Chinese website, WeiPhone. The “A5X” chip is a dual-core processor one step above the previous A5 chip used in iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

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The Wall St. Journal has been talking about the inclusion of 4G LTE in the new iPad 3.

Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.

Talk about LTE in iPad 3 on WSJ.com also included mention of the A6 chip. With new rumors, and an image, of the supposed A5X chip, this begs the question, “Will that be enough to support LTE?”

 

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