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Oh iPad 3, wherefore art thee? In Chinese factories art thou made, production's started and not delayed, millions are coming for retail trade, all designed in California and China made.


With likely less than a month before the iPad 3 is announced, and less than two months before it's available in US retail stores, interest in Apple's iPad 3 is naturally hotting up to the hottest pre-availability levels possible.

This means some sizzling hot rumours are jumping out of the frying pan and into an even hotter fire, with Bloomberg responsible for the latest rumour re-hash to arrive.

Quoting those incredibly handy but necessarily anonymous 'people familiar with the product', we learn that iPad 3 production is meant to have already started, that it has a highly-anticipated quad-core processor for superfast operation, and an LTE chipset that may, or may not, support both AT&T and Verizon.

Naturally, there's much more than that. The iPad's screen is meant to deliver a 'retina display'-esque experience, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Siri is set to finally make its appearance in an iDevice beyond the iPhone 4S.

There's talk of a thinner case or a thicker case, depending on which screen technology Apple ends up using, a longer battery life, vastly better resolution front and back cameras and iOS 5.1 which takes advantage of all these improvements, including being able to take full advantage of quad-core processing power.

Other reports talk of a 20x improvement in graphics performance too, something that is another obvious expectation, and one that, combined with a quad-core processor, is said in Bloomberg's article to see video start 'immediately'.

However, anyone expecting the iPad user interface to be vastly different that what we already know is likely to be disappointed.

Any such major OS and UI revamp will have to wait for iOS 6.0, or for some kind of hybrid between the full desktop version of Mac OS X and the iDevice iOS, which Apple may or may not release in competition with Windows 8.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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