Apple to Launch iPad 3D and iPhone 5?
Article by George Norman
On 01 Aug 2011
The iPad is already an incredibly popular piece of tech and the figures definitely prove it. In its Q3 alone, quarter that ended on the 25th of June, Apple sold a grand total of 9.25 million iPads and explained that iPad sales are up 183% compared to the previous year’s quarter. If the rumors are true, then the upcoming iPad 3 is going to bump the device’s popularity up quite a bit.

Rumor on the web has it that the upcoming iPad 3 will have full 3D capabilities (so presumably it will be called iPad 3D). The rumor also has it that big name studios are scrambling to have 3D content ready in time for the iPad 3’s release to the market. Some of you may say that this is just a rumor and should not be taken seriously. White it is true that rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, in this case there are a couple of things that give the rumor credibility.

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The first one is that sources at Foxconn confirmed the rumor by telling industry insiders that Apple is working on a 3D-enabled iPad.

The second one is that Apple has been granted a patent for a projection system that can display 3D images to multiple viewers; the projection system does not require the viewers to wear any 3D glasses. In the patent, which is entitled “Three Dimensional display system”, it is said that the aim so to provide “highly effective, practical, efficient, uncomplicated, and inexpensive autostereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement.” If you would like to take a look at the patent you can do so here.

Apart from the “it will have 3D capabilities”, there are other rumors about the iPad 3 making the rounds online. There’s one that says the iPad 3 will have better resolution than the iPad2’s 1024x768. The rumor has it that the iPad 3 will have an AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen that will support up to 1536 x 2048 resolution. There’s another rumor going on that says the iPad 3 will be released in the spring of 2012. This rumor is backed by the fact that Apple generally sticks to an annual product update cycle.



But Apple may break that annual product update cycle with another product, mainly the upcoming iPhone 5. There are several rumors making the rounds online about the iPhone 5, chief among them the one that says the iPhone 5 will be released to the public this fall (this October if the rumors are to be believed).

Here are a few other iPhone 5 rumors that are making the rounds online:
  • It could feature a unique charging method. And when I say unique, I mean it may be solar powered. Rumor has it that Apple (as well as Samsung) is looking into solar cells as a future power source.
  • The iPhone 5 will come with a new case and it will be slimmer and wider than the iPhone 4, with rounded edges.
  • It may come with a dual-LED flash.
  • It will have a better camera and a better processor.


The bottom line here is that iPhone 5 rumors are a dime a dozen. Right now we can’t separate fact from fiction and Apple isn’t lending a helping hand as it never comments on rumors. The only way we’ll know for sure what the iPhone 5 has to offer is to wait for Apple’s official announcement.



Tags: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPad 3, iPhone 5
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