We are getting closer to the rumored March 7th event date for Apple’s alleged iPad 3 unveiling, despite the fact that the company are yet to send out any official invitations which they often do.
If the reports are true and we are indeed just days away from the world’s first official sighting of the third-generation iPad, then we would imagine that Apple will be sending out those invitations to really build up consumer interest – especially since a lot of people will be blown away with what they have just witnessed at MWC.
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As usual, Apple are absent from the annual event in Barcelona and if the company finally do unveil a new iPad with a quad-core processor, they are going to have some immediate competition. Obvious contenders will come in the way of new tablet game changer ASUS, who have just unwrapped their new Transformer Pad Infinity 700 Pad, which will come with a 1.6Ghz version of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip.
It’s inevitable that the iPad 3 is coming though, and just at the right time it seems. We have told you in the past of mysterious iPad 2 price cuts taking place and how we have another one to inform you about, this time coming from retail giants Best Buy. Meijer were the first notable name to cut the price of the iPad 2 ahead of a rumored iPad 3 launch, and now Best Buy has followed suit with a $50 discount from all new purchases.
Additionally, a report from Apple Insider cites an story published from Taiwanese Apple leak specialists Apple.pro, which appears to show that Foxconn are now preparing to ship iPad 3 models to Apple retail stores in the US. According to the source, the models are expected to arrive no later than March 9, which could be a little suspect if Apple are planning to hold this event on March 7.
Seeing all of this competition at MWC though, how must Apple be feeling if they suddenly realise that their new tablet doesn’t quite compete in the hardware stakes, as it’s obviously too late now to make any drastic changes. It’s clear that quad-core is leading the way as a 2012 standard, so does the iPad 3 definitely need a quad-core processor at the very least in order for you to even consider picking one up? Let us know your expectations on the incoming device.