Going right along with the expectation of a Retina Display, Apple may drop the numbering convention from the iPad and call the forthcoming tablet the iPad HD instead of iPad 3. The HD moniker would be a nod to the next iPad's expected display improvements. While the HD name makes sense, it's not necessarily guaranteed. Apple is quite content with using a numbering convention for the iPhone (iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S), but the company doesn't use numbers for new iPod Touch devices or MacBook laptops.
While an iPad 3 debut is all but guaranteed Wednesday, the question of when Apple will release the device is still an open question. A report from 9-to-5 Mac claims that a reliable anonymous source said the next iPad will hit store shelves on Friday, March 16. That date looks fairly promising, as Apple has a history of releasing products on Fridays including the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 3GS.
New Apple Store locations in London, England and Houston, Texas are reportedly opening that same day as well. In 2011, the iPad 2 was announced on March 2, 2011, followed by a sale date of Friday, March 11, 2011. The original iPad went on sale on Saturday, April 3, 2010.
Apple TV refresh
Apple may be set to give its famous hobby, the Apple TV set-top box, a refresh on Wednesday. The new TV gadget doesn't sound all that exciting, but will purportedly have welcome improvements for Apple TV fans including a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and be capable of displaying 1080p video, according to 9-to-5 Mac.
An iPad Granny Could Love
If you were still harboring any doubts that the iPad has gone mainstream, the apparent addition of catalog shopping (an activity that appeals mostly to grandparents and people living in remote locales) should clear things up for you.