Everything Everywhere, the collaborative marketing effort of T-Mobile and Orange – two of the UK’s foremost carriers – is said to be readying demonstrations and point of sales for a "new iPad" in its nationwide outlets.
As per our tipster who, in the name of continued employment, wishes to remain anonymous, a new plate sent to the store struck a chord, since it’s first time he’d seen a pack delivered without "iPad 2" in the description – this particular plate was simply labeled "iPad". Furthermore, he notes that his branch already has an iPad 2 demo, so there would be no logical reason to send another one through unless indeed a new iPad was en route.
More interestingly though, the description also stated that everything had to be set up by the evening of the 12th, in preparation for the 13th which maybe, just maybe, points to the release date of Apple’s eagerly awaited third tablet.
Of course, we’re accustomed to a two week waiting period between announcement and retail, and with the the grande show and tell of the fruit company’s latest and greatest iPad now penciled in for March 7th, one would have suspected a release on the week commencing the 19th.
If the next iPad was to release on 13th, that leaves a mere 11 days until we can get our paws on the device. After a significant wait and various information regarding the product spec and form factor, it will be nice to see what the reality looks like.
Whatever the case, it seems the carriers are now in the process of preparing for the launch, and we expect consumers to embark in the usual mass-pilgrimages to the many Apple Stores located worldwide, braving all weather conditions to get their hands on the third iteration of the best-selling tablet.
Expect a Retina display, quad core A6 processor, improved cameras, and 4G LTE compliance – a first for any Apple product. Some were left a little disappointed by the iPad 2, which was bereft in a few areas in what was a fairly modest upgrade.
This release, you feel, will make up for it.
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