It looks like the rumors of a March release date for the iPad 3 may prove to be true as Bloomberg recently reported that the device has entered production and should arrive that month.
The report also states that the new tablet will feature a higher-resolution display that will most likely be Retina as well as connection to LTE networks. It also should have a quad-core processor making it much faster than the current line of tablets.
“The company’s manufacturing partners in Asia started ramping up production of the iPad 3 this month and plan to reach full volumes by February, said one of the people who asked to be unnamed because the details aren’t public,” wrote the publication. “The tablet will use a quad-core chip, an enhancement that lets users jump more quickly between applications.”
The quad-core rumor has been circling around for quite a while and other tablets are already coming with a chip that powerful so Apple will most likely follow suit.
As far as a March release date goes, this is not the first time that date has been reported, DigiTimes also stated that according to its sources Apple would be planning a March release date for the tablet. The publication also claimed that the 3 would not be all that different from the current model aside from an updated display.
The new iPhone 5 is expected to debut later on this year. It should also include the same quad-core chip that will be in the iPad 3 along with using LTE networks. The current iPhone and iPad run on 3G networks. Apple was reportedly waiting for the technology to be perfected before switching over to 4G.