When it comes to technology, bigger is not always better. However Apple is taking a risk with the iPad3 with a thicker iPad than the iPad2, leaving consumers in a state of curiosity about the thicker nature of the new iPad. With the release of the iPad3 tomorrow (Wednesday Mar 7), Apple has been cited with the remark that this new release is “something you really have to see. And touch.”
The rumor mill has a variety of features that the iPad3 will host, including an HD processor, a built-in camera, as well as some other wild technology that only rumor mills can drum up. According to Forbes Magazine, Apple has confirmed that the key difference between the iPad2 and iPad3 is the retina display screen with a resolution of 2048×1536. The iPad2 resolution was 1024×768 so this is a considerable difference on the same size screen.
Forbes went on to speculate some other features that may be included as the A6 quad-count processor. This could explain the rumored size difference between the two with the iPad3 being thicker than the iPad2. Specifically from the prospective of Forbes, their financial analysts reviewed the various companies that supply the raw materials for the new iPad3 release, including the heightened need of touch screens, which are produced by Corning, a publicly traded company. The theory is that Corning stock will skyrocket in the coming months since the iPad3 is forecasted to maintain a high level of demand, which in turn will require ample raw materials. According to CNBC, there are in excess of 200 million devices with this specific glass that have been sold in the market just in the last three years, and Corning holds 20% of the market need for this raw material.
It is interesting to analyze how the various parties involved are gearing up for the demand. As with any product that is expected to have a heightened demand, there are logistical issues with production, shipping, jobs, materials, all of which need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure a smooth launch and avoid any issues that could result in annoying or aggravating consumers. As of this moment, there is no solid direction as to how the demand will be fulfilled, however one speculation is that there will be a coordination of pre-orders taken at retail locations or Web sites. In a nutshell, app developers need to have time and resources to upgrade their apps so that when consumers upgrade, their technology choices are not muffled by the upgrade in resolution.
As you can see, there are a variety of consideration that go into the planning of this release, however one thing is abundantly clear … iPad3 is coming and it is fairly safe to assume that it is going to be bigger, better and faster!