March 29, 2012, as information is leaked about an A6 quad-core chip.

iPad 3 Release Date

There’s no doubt that the iPad 3 will have a new shell and casing and the release could also introduce Retina Display, which means sharper pictures and vivid colors.

Could it also have a mobile phone? Several rumors indicate a possible mobile phone built right inside the tablet itself. However, this one might not be happening because it would have an impact on iPhone sales.

The new Apple tablet won’t be as fast as we originally thought. Does it matter all that much? It depends on how you plan to use the device.

If your usage revolves around checking emails, Facebook or reading the news, it won’t be a deal-breaker. The iPad 2 uses a dual-core A5 chip, so the hardware will still get an upgrade.

Several legitimate sources are standing by reports that the iPad 3 will have 2048×1536 Retina Display. Meaning, we’ll see a jump in display quality similar to the one from the iPhone 3G to iPhone 4. Expect sharper pictures with more vivid colors.

The Mac blogs (9to5Mac, MacRumors and Repair Labs) are on fire with the idea that a photo circulating of an iPad 3 shell is indeed the next iteration of Apple’s tablet.

Everyone is sticking to a March release date. According to AllThingsD, a source familiar with the matter says the iPad will be announced the first week of March.

Previous rumors over the iPad 3′s release date include a note by Citi analyst Richard Gardner saying the tablet would come out in February, which was reported by Business Insider. Another prediction came from the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News, which claimed the iPad 3 would be launched in March or the middle of the first quarter.

And most recently, Mashable noticed iPad 3 books were set to launch on Amazon’s European site March 29 – meaning, the iPad couldn’t come out later than that date.

The original iPad launched in April 2010 and the iPad 2 in March 2011. Things are about to get interesting.