iPad 3 release date set for March 16? And will it be called iPad HD?

9to5mac is reporting that the iPad 3′s release date is set for March 16th, 9 days after the official unveiling planned for tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. This comes from a reliable Apple Store source’s info that ”preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16th”. If you’ll recall, the iPad 2 was first announced last year on March 2nd, and 9 days later, was released on March 11th. So time frame wise, a March 16th launch date is certainly possible, and perhaps even highly probable.

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iPad 3 to release in March with Retina Display, Quad-core process and LTE

According to a report by Bloomberg, production for the iPad 3 has already begun and will be ready for a March launch date. The third gen iPad will also sport a quad-core chip, the long rumoured Retina Display and have support for LTE.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s next iPad, expected to go on sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.

While the quad-core processor and retina display should not come as surprises for the iPad 3, the fact that the upcoming tablet will be compatible with the much faster LTE network before its iPhone counterpart is somewhat surprising. Bloomberg’s sources explain that the iPad “has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology”. Of course, that’s not to say that the iPhone 5 won’t be compatible with LTE when it does release later this year.

Rumour Mill: iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen, iPad 3 a high-res display

One of the most hotly discussed feature of the iPhone’s release in 2011 was its speculated 4 inch screen. Well, we all know how all that turned out after the 4S was announced. Fear not though for all those of you clamouring for the larger touch screen. According to iLounge’s “most reliable sources”, the next gen iPhone (aka the iPhone 5) will indeed have a 4 inch display, along with some other prominent changes:

Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.

As for the iPad 3, it’ll supposedly be slightly thicker (0.7mm) to house a twin light bar system for the long expected higher res display (retina?):

The third-generation iPad will become modestly thicker (0.7mm) in order to accommodate the twin light bar system needed for its higher-resolution display. It’s currently on track for a March timeframe release, and according to our source could be publicly shown as early as January, depending on conditions.

Finally, the source also notes that the MacBook Pro could very well receive an all new (thinner) design in 2012 :

Barring some huge and unexpected issue, 2012 will be the year when the MacBook Pro line gets its new design. Think thinner.

iPad 2.0: The Usual Suspects and An iPad Mini in the works?

While rumors abound that the second generation iPad is already in the works and set for release sometime in the first quarter of 2011, word from various manufacturers in Asia are pointing to the possibility that on top of the anticipated product refresh of the iPad early next year, there might be another iPad in the works. Some have dubbed it, in fact, as the iPad Mini.

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Banned White iPhone 4 Commercial [Video]

By now, you may already have heard the rumors swirling that the much-delayed (and highly desirable) White iPhone 4 has been cancelled entirely. In light of these rumblings, JLE Productions has created another “Banned” iPhone commercial, this time obviously targeting the White model that may never see the light of day.

“If you waited for the white iPhone, you’re an idiot. You’re a stupid human being who has waited 5 months for a phone that’s a different color. That you’re just gonna put a cover on anyways. So… you’re a fool. In fact, why don’t you go get an EVO or something? Or a Droid…2. They apparently does.“

Take a look at this latest iPhone parody after the break. And to all those still holding out for for the white iPhone 4, just get the bloody thing already. As Darnell Johnson wisely said in the video, “Once you go black, you never go back…”.

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New iPod touch 4G and iPod nano 6G details: unibody MacBook Pro-like aluminium back

There is one in my house, a beautiful 13 slab of aluminium and glass that flexes even less than MIT’s champion chess team. Well, that perfect sexiness might make it to Apple’s 4th generation iPod touch. Currently, the iPod touch uses a rounded shiny (and easily scratched) steel back. Apple’s 2010 iPod event is only days away and we expect rumours of the new back, dual cameras, FaceTime, and zippy new iPhone 4 internals to be corroborated.

iLounge shed some light on the new iPod touch:

…Familiar. Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center—closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications. The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano. We’ve been told to expect a microphone rather than a flash, with a continuation of the bottom-mounted headphone port and Dock Connector port.

iLounge also mention the above cases: one for the upcoming iPod nano refresh and for the new iPod touch. The new nano may sport a darling 3cm*3cm screen and shave over half its size. Something in me wonders if the shuffle will be retired.

iPods, iPad and iPhone Due For an Early Revamp?

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It’s clear that 2010 is a busy, busy year for Apple. A heady combination of new and old, Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated iPad, released the sexy (and controversial) iPhone 4, and  a bigger, meaner iMac together with the Apple Magic Trackpad.

Rumors abound from a number of reliable sources that the iPod line will see a major product refresh – a tiny touchscreen shuffle, the iPod Touch will finally get a camera and the fabled retina display on the iPhone 4, and – gasp! – a tinier, 7-inch iPad in the works? Another rumor that might ignite a fresh wave of controversy is the rumored iPhone refresh amidst the antenna issues hounding iPhone 4.

A more recent rumor is the introduction of a cheaper  TV device renamed the Apple iTv said to cost only $99 with a 99 cent tv show rental deal in the works.

With the scheduled September 1 event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, these speculations will soon be put to rest. Major announcements for the iPad and iPhone however, might come a bit later in the year or early 2011.

Camera and curves – is this the 4th gen iPod touch?

Everyone knows that Apple releases iPod hardware in the Fall. This year, like last year will see new iPod touch, nano and maybe Classic models. New hardware isn’t news at all. Still, when purported leaks fire up the interweb, the rumours-mills churn. We are churning. HardMac came across the above picture of the purported new iPod touch from an accessory maker. As you can see, it sports the often-rumoured rear-mounted camera. It’s also lost its black birthmark. Unlike the iPhone 4, however, the ‘leaked’ iPod touch looks to retain its curves.

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