Apple's iPad 3 event: Last-minute 'what to expect’

Here is a final roundup of iPad 3 educated guesses for Wednesday's big Apple event.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless

The sharp-eyed Apple watchers over at Macrumors spotted a new category in the App Store called "Catalogs" including apps from SkyMall, Catalog Spree, and others. But big name apps such as Ikea Catalog have not made the switch to the new category. Unlike SkyMall, however, you cannot make purchases using Ikea's iPad app.

Perhaps Apple is looking to take a cut of catalog shopping on the iPad and may encourage (or force) big name retailers to use the new app type.

To Quad Or Not To Quad?

A big question under debate is what kind of processor the next iPad will be packing: will it be the mythical Apple A6 quad-core processor or the equally imaginary A5X, dual-core chip? The latest blog to wade into the fight is The Verge saying a source "familiar with the matter" says the iPad 3 will have an A5X that includes a more powerful GPU than the current iPad. Apple will reportedly wait for the next iPhone before unveiling its supposed quad-core chip.

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Another geeky point being bandied about is whether the next iPad will have a boring, old 3G option or LTE, the more exciting next-generation wireless broadband option. The Verge is also saying that sources are pointing to an LTE iPad, which would make sense as both Verizon and AT&T have been hyping their LTE networks. But LTE devices have a reputation for having poor battery life, although that is starting to change. So unless Apple has figured out how to include an LTE chip into its tablet (not to mention a higher resolution display) without killing the device's famous 10-hour plus battery life, I wouldn't bet on LTE just yet.


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