Rumor: iPad 3 Could Be Titled ‘iPad HD’

A report by Gizmodo suggests that the iPad 3 may not actually go by that name and instead be titled “iPad HD” as a way of showcasing the new Retina display. The gadget blog found what appear to be part listings from Belkin and Griffin’s cases that claim the next-generation tablet will not go by Apple’s traditional naming scheme for the device and will instead go by “HD” for “high definition” since the device will be touting a 2048 x 1536 pixel display — which is actually a little bit over HD, since it has been defined as a height of 1080 pixels…

Gizmodo posted an image — the one that you see above — which shows Griffin’s “IntelliCase for iPad HD (3)” and two other models as products of interest. There’s really no reason to believe Griffin’s information because they’re just a third-party accessory provider, but it’s always possible that they may have the right information. Gizmodo notes that these third-party accessory manufacturers don’t usually get word of a product’s details until last-minute, though there’s a chance that Griffin may be on the right track here.

Accessories manufacturers don’t have a clue about Apple marketing plans until the very last minute. They usually get the physical specifications for new product versions in advance, so they can have products ready for launch. They also may get information about naming for product packaging, close to the release.

Back in 2010 at the iPhone 4 event, Steve Jobs stopped notifying third-party accessory vendors of product details before a release to prevent unneeded leaks. While naming of the upcoming iPad 3 as the “iPad HD” has previously been rumored a few times, it was mostly just used for the press to reference to the new Retina display of the iPad.

What do you think is a better name? “iPad 3″ or “iPad HD?” Let us know in the comments!


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