Dear happy new iPad 2 owner,
If the techie-fueled rumors of a new iPad are true, it may take more than a small note and well-placed emoticon to cheer up the millions of people who just received one of the tablets for the holidays -- not to mention in all the months before them or the weeks since.
But it's a pretty basic fact of gadget life, isn't it? As soon as you get The Coolest Thing Ever Made, you can be pretty sure The Coolest Thing Ever Made 2 is already in the works and will soon render your fantastic piece of modern technology outdated, or worse: overweight, slow and at least 0.02 inches too thick.
And so here come the Apple rumors again. Internet whispers about the iPad 3 which will inevitably be downplayed by Apple while being hyped by Mac-heads who will, of course, ultimately be correct. It's a pretty familiar pattern.
The whispering (verging on borderline open conversations) right now is that the next iPad will be unveiled March 7 at an Apple event in San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital speculates it will take place "presumably at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s preferred location for big announcements like these."
And since the tablet will likely go on sale one week later, that means it will take all of 79 days before everyone's shiny iPad 2 holiday gift is officially outdated. But, hey, good thing it's a leap year -- you got an extra day!
So what will be so fantastic about the new iPad that current owners will immediately feel compelled to chuck theirs into the nearest dumpster and buy a new one? According to their sources, All Things D says the yet-unnamed tablet may feature "a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it."
Apple fanboy site iMore speculates it will have all that "and possibly 4G LTE networking." And there's chatter it may include a FaceTime HD camera on the front, a rear camera packing up to 8 megapixel and ... Siri.
And if that's still not enough to have you scrambling for a family heirloom to pawn or organ to sell on the black market to buy the thing, you can probably just wait a few months -- and get an iPad 4.