Amanda Davis: Well the Internet is just wild with rumors of the next iPad and tonight in Tech Check, Fox 5’s Doug Evans sorts out the iPad 3 rumors and what it means for you, your laptop, maybe even your TV.
Doug Evans: Listen no matter what kind of tablet you have I hear people saying all the time with my tablet I don’t open my laptop as much, and I don’t even both with my desktop at all. The iPad 3 just might take aim at your television set.
Apple sold more iPads at the end of last year then Hewlett Packard sold PC’s. A first. It shows how people are turning to tablets and away from traditional computers. In fact, one survey says tablet ownership in the US completely doubled after last Christmas thanks to strong sales of both the iPad 2 and the Kindle Fire.
Now comes the iPad 3 set to launch in the beginning of March according to Bloomberg.
Mike Bautsch, iHospital: The screen is just much crisper, much clearer.
Doug Evans: The iPad 3 will have double the resolution of the iPad 2 with a new Retina display screen. Now with better resolution and more online content such as everything from Hulu to cable channels, it’s possible with the iPad 3 more people might be reaching for their tablet and putting down their TV remote.
Mike Bautsch, iHospital: Videos, pictures are much nicer to look at on a higher resolution screen.
Doug Evans: It’s also rumored that the iPad 3 will have a better camera for videos and pictures, perhaps in the 8 megapixel range. Also, a faster processor for speedier computing, and, 4G LTE compatibility for faster wireless networks.
You know if you got an iPad 2, would you need an iPad 3?
Mike Bautsch, iHospital: Probably not, the iPad 2 is an incredible device.
Doug Evans: Here’s the bottom line. If you’re in the market for an iPad, wait. The iPad 3 is coming in just a few weeks. And if you want to save some money on an iPad, wait, Apple might drop the price of an iPad 2.
For Tech Check, I’m Doug Evans.