Apple iPad 3 rumors, let's get real

The WinnersYou could argue that the iPad 2 is little more than an original iPad updated to fix glaring omissions. But no one can deny that this version--thinner, faster, and with two cameras--rules the tablet kingdom. With 80 percent market share at last count, the iPad 2 managed to ward off every major tablet competitor in 2011, and sets the gold standard for the entire tablet category. With rumors of an imminent iPad 3 and the Kindle Fire nipping at its heels, though, this tablet is likely enjoying the last months of its tenure on top. Return to the CNET 100.
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(CBS) - As we head into iPad 3 release territory, speculation is pouring in over every detail of Apple's tablet computer.

So, what exactly do we know about the next update of the iPad? We think ZDNET's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes said it best: "Nothing."

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Can I really get one for $299?

DigiTimes alleges a cheaper iPad model will be released alongside the iPad 3, as an answer to the Kindle Fire. Apple shaking in its boots? Please. Kingsley-Hughes points out that Apple is not known for aggressive price cuts.

It's not as if there is a lack of demand. Not to mention, we all got burned on speculation that a cheaper iPhone would be released along the "iPhone 5." Neither of those rumors came to fruition.

Will it have Retina Display?

Maybe. Business Insider reportedly caught a peak at anote written by Citi analyst Richard Gardner, which said "there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining."

We all assumed he was talking about porting Retina Display to the iPad 3 - a feat that's been a challenge for Apple. A source close to the matter told CNET, "It's not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them." 

If this is indeed the "technical hurdle" Garner is talking about, we might see Retina Display on the iPad 3.

Is it really coming out on Steve Jobs' birthday, Feb. 24?

However sweet a gesture that might be, we just don't know the answer to that. Focus Taiwan reported on Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News claims that the iPad 3 would be launched in by the end of March or the middle of the first quarter.

The manufacturers are working hard to make a deadline, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can predict an accurate launch date.

Will it have Siri?

Probably not. Siri is still in beta and has come under fire for not picking up accents and omitting important information about abortion clinics. We're sure it's been a challenge for Apple engineers to perfect the software with just the iPhone 4S' user base. And there hasn't been a fix released for some of the complaints that have surfaced. Our best guess is that Siri will be released to more devices with the next major software update, not the iPad 3.

At this point, nothing is confirmed. How we love those rumors, though! Keep 'em coming.