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A new report from Bloomberg says Apple’s next iPad has indeed begun production. The new iPad will have a sharper screen, according to the new report, but also “LTE access,” something we’ve yet to hear much about in early iPad rumors.

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A new report from Bloomberg says Apple’s next iPad has indeed begun production, as was reported by supply chain news source Digitimes earlier this week. The new iPad will have a sharper screen, according to the new report, but also “LTE access,” something we’ve yet to hear much about in early iPad rumors.

Bloomberg says its info comes from three people “familiar with the product,” and assured its Twitter followers that “its [sic] more than just a rumor.” In addition to LTE capabilities and an improved display, Bloomberg’s report also claims the new tablet will sport a quad-core processor. But the claim is still likely the most reliable one put forward to date regarding the iPad 3′s abilities and potential release date, which Bloomberg pegs for sometime in March.

Putting LTE in the iPad 3 is a bit of a surprise, but it could be a key factor in making the iPad 3 an attractive upgrade for existing iPad 2 owners. Apple is deploying LTE tech in the iPad ahead of the iPhone because of the tablet’s larger battery, according to one of Bloomberg’s sources, which makes it better equipped to handle the power requirements of current LTE radios.

Another source also noted the iPad’s display will make images “look like printed material,” which sounds a lot like what the iPhone’s current Retina display tech provides. Video performance is also apparently greatly improved thanks to additional graphics processing, the same source added.

  1. As a current iP2 owner i’d require”
    1. Retina Display
    2. Siri
    3. Quad Core
    4. LTE

    to make it a “for sure” upgrade.

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  2. Lindsworth Horatio Deer Friday, January 13, 2012

    Apple needs to make a Professional iPad with theses specs tailored for the corporate and enterprise solutions software. A 7″ low budget tablet to tackle the -e-reader market is a must in light of the “success” of the amazon Kindle fire

    http://www.geezam.com/apple-needs-to-consider-a-7-tablet/

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  3. Don’t wants 7 inch tablet. Steve had it right!

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  4. Just an added note. Don’t care about cameras on an iPad, but do care about better speakers! Get it, “speakers”.

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  5. It’ll be just as funny as the i5. . .. .ummmm i4s announcement when the iPad 2S is announced. . .

    Oh. . . you all know it’s gonna happen.

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  6. It will be legen……wait for it…..dary

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