Special report: iPad 3 / New iPad : What You Need To Know
Hands on: iPad 3 Review
So, we're now only a few hours away from what is widely predicted to be the unveiling of Apple's third iPad, the iPad 3 or iPad HD. The rumours have been flying around for months now but armed with the very latest, and given our astute minds, we've decided to nail our colours to the flag and predict just what it is we'll see tonight.
Remember to check back here after tonight to see how we did.
The iPad 3 will be the iPad HD
The evidence is looking strong that iPad HD is the name that will be chosen for the new tablet. Whether Apple really needs to complicate things by veering from its naming convention is less clear but given what happened with the iPhone 4S launch and naming, we wouldn't be surprised.
The iPad HD will be the same size
Aside from a tweak to its thickness the iPad HD will have the same size screen and all other components will be located in the same places. Quite simply, Apple won't be changing the formula yet.
There won't be an iPad mini
We're ever so tempted to suggest there will be a new mini version as its would sit rather well to have the large HD iPad and small, non HD, iPad mini. But... we just don't see it happening yet, much as we want to.
The iPad HD won't have a stylus
We wouldn't be surprised if one day the iPad had pen input, as the growing number of powerful drawing apps, and note taking tools would greatly benefit. We just don't think it will happen this time though.
The iPad HD will have HD cameras
Maybe not the front facing one, but certainly the rear camera will see a big upgrade, adding HD video and much improved stills taking abilities. We don't think it will match the iPhone 4S camera, though.
The iPad HD will have Senseg haptic feedback
As we wrote this morning, there's a clue in the fact Apple mentions "touch" in its invite to tonight's event. It could be multi-touch sensing that can sense more fingers at once but we're guessing it's going to feature Senseg's electrical pulse-based haptic feedback. This will give your fingertips the sensation that they're feeling the surface depicted by the screen below.
The iPad HD will have a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution
It's the big upgrade for this tablet. It's going to have a high resolution screen and this is the number everyone's betting on.
The iPad HD will be more expensive
Given its higher resolution screen and other hardware tweaks, we reckon you'll be paying £50 more for any given model.
The iPad HD will be dual core with faster graphics
Again, it's a well established rumour that the new tablet won't have quad core chip, and it's a rumour we're inclined to believe.
There won't be any significant software updates
Much as we may like to see some big changes, the core iPad experience will stay the same
A new Apple TV will be announced
It will be a small improvement over the current one, adding 1080p video playback.
We won't see an iTV
The much talked about notion of Apple releasing an actual TV may still prove true, but it won't be unveiled tonight.
So there we go, that's how we think things are going to pan out this evening. If you've got your own ideas as to what we might see, let us know in the comments.