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Great Apps for the New iPad

Apple created a new section in the iTunes App Store called "Great Apps for the New iPad." It features some of Apple's favorite applications that are compatible with the third generation iPad's new Retina display. If you bought a new iPad and own already own some of these apps, you should upgrade to the newest versions. This is also a great resource for first time iPad buyers who are new to the App Store.

iPad 3 Apps

The Kindle and Twitter apps have also been updated with high-resolution graphics for the new Retina display. Read on for Apple's complete list of iPad 3 compatible apps.

Kindle iPad App Updated For Retina Display

Amazon released version 3.0 of their Kindle app for iOS devices. The iPad version is now optimized for Retina display. Other changes include a new library design where you can view your content in an updated look, and Cloud view to easily access all of your content in the cloud.

Kindle App Retina Display

The Kindle app allows you to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on your iPad. Early iPad reviews revealed that the Kindle app featured blurry text on the new device. Version 3.0 eliminates this problem.

Does the New iPad Take Longer to Charge?

The third generation iPad is bigger, badder and more power hungry than the iPad 2. All its new features like Retina Display, LTE and extra RAM are great, but they require more battery consumption to operate. Apple did an amazing job of giving the new iPad the same amount of battery life (about 10 hours) as the iPad 2, but does the massive new 11,666mAh battery take longer to charge? According to an early review from TechCrunch it does.

iPad 3 Battery

"So how was Apple able to keep the battery life the same while adding LTE and without drastically changing the design? It appears that they’ve had a fairly major breakthrough in their battery technology. While the new battery clearly isn’t much bigger than the old one, it can hold much more juice (42 watt-hours versus 25-watt-hours). The downside of this is that I’ve found it takes quite a bit longer to charge the new iPad. As in several hours — you’ll probably want to do it overnight."

Last iPad Rumor: Will the iPad 3 Feature an Advanced 'Feel Screen'?

Pocket-lint slipped in one more iPad 3 rumor before Apple's big announcement today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The blog claims they have all but confirmed that the iPad 3 will contain a new haptic display technology created by Senseg.

iPad 3 Invite

The advanced technology called E-Sense will turn the iPad 3's rumored 2048-by-1536 Retina display into a "feel screen" by giving objects texture when touched. This would give playing games or reading books a hole new dimension that we've never experienced before.

Place Your Bets! Sky Bet Releases iPad 3 Odds

The online betting website SkyBet has released their odds for the upcoming iPad 3 specifications. I wonder what happens if Apple doesn't call their next tablet the iPad 3? Can you still collect if Tim Cook announces the "iPad plus"? SkyBet also forgot about the iPad mini, camera type and the size of the next generation tablet.

iPad 3 Specs

I would bet "Yes" on Retina display since many sources and leaks have pretty much confirmed it.

Apple Officially Announces iPad 3 Event

Well it looks like at least one iPad 3 rumor was correct. Apple will officially announce the next generation iPad next Wednesday, March 7, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10am PST. The invite's tagline reads "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

iPad 3

The next generation iPad is rumored to feature a high-resolution Retina Display (2048-by-1536 pixels), an improved camera and Apple's A5X chip with improved graphics engine. There have also been reports that Apple will announce an iPad mini, but I highly doubt it.

Rumor Roundup: First Look at the iPad 3 in Pieces

It looks like everyone and their brother has gotten their hands on an iPad 3 part of some kind. MICGadget has done a great job of collecting all the purported leaked photographs, and they even added a few of their own iPad 3 shell snapshots. If real the images reveal that the iPad 3 will be a little thicker than the iPad 2, but it also features tapered edges that will possibly make it feel thinner. The second photo shows that the iPad 3 has a larger lens for its rumored improved camera.

iPad 3

An unnamed source also told MICGadget that the iPad 3 will feature volume buttons, a 9.7 inch 2048 × 1536 Retina display and a "possible" quad-core A6 processor. There have been conflicting reports about the iPad 3's chip. It's still unkown if it will be quad-core or only dual-core, but it will most likely be more powerful than its predecessor.

What is the Apple A5X Processor?

While most leaked iPad component photos come as no surprise, those looking forward to the next generation Apple tablet were thrown for a loop when the A5X was discovered. Until now, reports pointed to a quad-core A6 processor in the iPad 3. If the A5X actually ships inside the next iPad, what do we already know?

A5X processor iPad 3 retina display

The jump from the A4 system on a chip (SOC) to the A5 SOC was noted by a jump in the processor codes used by Apple. The A4 was S5L8930X, while the A5 added 10 to this number: S5L8940X. The A5X label only jumps 5 digits to S5L8945X, implying the chip is a more modest improvement over its predecessor.

iPad 3 Retina Display Confirmed (2048 x 1536)

New research from MacRumors confirms the next generation iPad will indeed carry a higher resolution display. Researchers at the site acquired a mass produced OEM replacement screen for the iPad 3 and examined the part under a microscope.

iPad 3 retina display confirmed

What the microscope revealed was a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, precisely four times the number of pixels on the current 1024 x 768 iPad 2 display. Individual pixel size can be seen in the images above from MacRumors, with 16 iPad 3 pixels taking up the same space as 4 iPad 2 pixels.

iPad 3 Release Date Moved to March?

When will Apple release the iPad 3? That's the big question. According to AllThingsD, Apple will make their big announcement in the first week of March at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The official street date is unknown, but if AllThingsD is correct you can expect the device to be available sometime mid-March.

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As for specifications John Paczkowski didn't have anything new to add. Paczkowski said we can expect a "device similar in form factor to the iPad 2, but running a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display"... Which has pretty much been the consensus all along.

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