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Not everything that was rumored to be in the new iPad made the cut.
Take a hike iPad 2, there's a new king in town. As with all Apple products, the rumors on the next models start nice and early — months ahead of the unveil day.
For nearly a year, we've been following the rumor mill like bees flocking to their hives. Which ones ended up being spot-on and which ones were completely off? Read on for our full confirmed/denied scorecard.
When it comes to naming its products, Apple follows a relatively linear convention. Unless the newest iGadget is a complete redesign, Apple usually plays it safe by calling it a "S" product. It's been the case for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S. We've heard three names floated around for the next iPad, which one nailed it? Turns out none of them. Apple's going with "The new iPad."
There's really been no debate about the iPad ## and its screen. Leaked and whispered around the darkest corners of the Internet since the iPhone 4's Retina Display was announced, it was only a matter of time before the iPad received its own pixel-dense display.
What about a 7-inch iPad? Despite the late Steve Jobs' insistence that 7-inch tablets were dead on arrival because they are "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad" the rumors that Apple would release a 7-inch or 8-inch tablet persisted non-stop.
Aesthetically, the new iPad looks almost identical to the now old iPad 2. It's what's inside that makes the magic flow. There was a bit of a confusion concerning the processor, whether it'd be dual-core or quad-core. Turns out it's really a quad-core A5X processor to power that Retina Display. We expected Siri, but looks like it's still an iPhone 4S-exclusive. The new iPad does have built-in voice dictation, though.
The original iPad didn't even have cameras. That all changed with last year's iPad 2. Although the rear camera is capable of 720p HD video, it takes terrible photos at poor 1280x720 resolution, which is barely one-megapixel. Camera upgrades were a must this time.
In the U.S., there are four major carriers. AT&T and Verizon already have 3G iPads. Sprint has no iPads, but got the iPhone 4 and 4S last October and T-Mobile has no Apple products at all. Which networks cleaned up?
Apple's main beef with 4G/LTE has always been related to battery life. No iOS device has 4G/LTE. Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times independently reported that the new iPad would have 4G LTE. Here's what'll be available at launch:
The leap from the iPad 1 to iPad 2 was a big one, slimming and lightening the tablet without cutting any battery life. Apple even managed to toss in a pair of cameras. How big of a leap is the new iPad? Here's the lowdown: