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iPad 3 Release Date And Specs, 'iPad 4G', And An iPad Mini: This Week In Apple Rumors

First Posted: 02/20/2012 5:36 pm   Updated: 02/20/2012 5:41 pm

Every week the numerous blogs covering the machinations of the Apple empire float tons of unconfirmed rumors, futuristic speculation and questionably-sourced reports on what the company might be unveiling in the near or distant future. Let's take a look back at what the Mac blogs were excited about during the week of February 5 - 11. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter.

Could The iPad 3 REALLY Be Called The iPad 4G?
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The Ben & Jerry's BIG SCOOP OF THE WEEK (Note: Not an actual product tie-in) goes to the Wall Street Journal, which reported exclusively that the next iPad will feature 4G capability and will run on AT&T and Verizon's LTE networks. That would make the upcoming iPad the first iPad device to be 4G -- then Apple COO Tim Cook memorably said in February 2011 that 4G was not featured in the iPhone 4 because the thicker LTE chipsets "would force design compromises we're not willing to make."

Design compromises, shmesign shmompromises! Your next iPad could be an iPad 4G!

No, seriously, it could be an "iPad 4G." The New York Times casually mentioned in a February 9th report that the next iPad would not necessarily be dubbed the iPad 3, which makes me wonder if the next iPad might just be called the "iPad 4G," rather than the iPad 3 (or the -- shudder -- iPad 2S).

As for when that next iPad (whatever the thingamajig is called) could be announced: Well, it appeared that our old friend THE BLOGOSPHERE has figured that one out. And the winning date for the Annunciation of the Next iPad is...
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