Friday, February 10, 2012

Android Tablets May Have a Foothold With Latest iPad 3 Rumors

It is a widely known fact that the iPad is the most popular tablet, but could that start to change? In the latest round of rumors the details are starting to line up. All signs are pointing to March for the release of the iPad 3. It is currently expected to have a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which equates to slightly less pixel density than the iPhone. Some rumors had anticipated the A6 quad-core processor, but in the latest batch, things seem to be pointing to a dual-core instead. The outside design appears to be very similar with an increase in thickness of a millimeter, likely to accommodate the rumored larger battery.

iPad 3
One of many pictures obtained by Cult Of Mac that show some of the iPad3's internals.

So what does all this iPad information say about the future of tablets? It tells me that Android tablets may get a little breathing room. We saw at CES that there are a lot of Android tablets coming that have 1080p displays and quad-core processors. They are also getting sleeker. If the tablet manufacturers can keep prices down on these devices they might just be able to get a leg up and start swinging market share to their side. If Apple fails to match one spec category of the new tablets you can bet marketers will jump all over it.

Hopefully this will be the beggining of the tablet market diversification which will be good for all consumers as it should help drive prices down as companies compete for sales.

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