iPad HD needs to set bar high, regardless of name

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Apple are famous for their last minute twists and turns whenever it comes to the period of a new product launch. The world is expecting to see the iPad 3 announced on Wednesday, but some fresh reports claim that the device we will see will actually be branded as the iPad ‘HD’ instead.

The iPad HD, we’ve heard that all before haven’t we? Those rumors started an eternity ago it seems, but just hours away from the unveiling of the third-generation iPad, here we suddenly are again with whispers emerging that Apple may have had a change of heart – or were they planning to name this device the iPad HD from the start?

The information has been sourced from CNET who are actually putting this down as a fact that the iPad 3 will be known as the iPad HD, not a rumor. There are also a few other clues to suggest that this could be happening, as apparent inventory listings by accessory makers Griffin have the device noted down as iPad HD and not iPad 3.

Does the numbering matter to you though? There could actually be significant reasoning behind the change as it may suggest that Apple does not believe that their upcoming device warrants the name iPad 3, which could be due to the fact that only a handful of hardware changes will be made compared to the iPad 2.

This also tells us that if the iPad HD is coming this week, then the iPad 3 after it will feature substantial changes and we may even see a design overhaul to match the sixth generation iPhone which has been rumored to be featuring a completely different design compared to the iPhone 4.

Does it bother you that we may not be seeing the iPad 3 this week, but rather the iPad HD? HD will obviously refer to that Retina Display that we’ll be seeing in much greater detail, but we hope that Apple are planning a lot more in the way of features if they want us to overlook other exciting products such as the rumored $199 Google Nexus Tablet.

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