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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week of Feb. 7

Pictures don't lie; February surprise dies; keyboard option

By , Network World
February 08, 2012 09:39 AM ET

Network World - Even as the Patriots' hopes and dreams were strangled in the Super Bowl, the iOSsphere rumors for iPad 3 mounted anew on wings like eagles.

This week: pictures that prove iPad 3 will have a quad-core CPU and LTE even though you can't see either of them, or even the iPad 3, in the pictures; the February surprise, unsurprisingly, will not happen; understanding how the choice of MacBook Air processor means iPad 3 will have a hardware keyboard option; and a blogger thinks its news that a market watcher thinks the iPad 3 will be very popular.

You read it here second.

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"Macotakara has had a mixed track record in the past, but has had enough hits that they continue to warrant attention."

Arnold Kim, MacRumors, on why the Website trumpeted a rumor started by the Japanese Website Macotakara that iPad 3 will be announced in February. And, presumably, on why it will continue trumpeting.

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iPad 3 has an A6 processor because pictures prove it, even if they don't show it

Talk about news. "Photos show quad-core iPad 3 processor, Wi-Fi and global LTE options," proclaims the headline at Boy Genius Report (or BGR, "the three biggest letters in tech").

And sure enough there are photos, four all told. These are not photos of the actual iPad 3. Instead, they are screen shots from a "development and debug tool called iBoot," writes Jonathan Geller, which supposedly reveals a wealth of details about the next iPad. (For what it's worth, the iPhoneWiki says "iBoot" is the name for "Apple's stage 2 bootloader for all of the iDevices.")

The BGR photos are from a "source claiming to be in possession of an iPad 3 prototype," Geller writes, and assures us that "we can infer plenty of information about the upcoming iPad 3."

A rather obvious question seems to be: If the source actually has a prototype, why isn't he sending photos of the actual device instead of cryptic debug output? (Possibly he left it in a beer garden and doesn't have it anymore.)

The key word here is not "quad-core" or "LTE" but "infer," which according to one definition means to "deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements." Geller seems to infer rather freely.

According to him, the four photos show the following:

a) Two model numbers, J1 and J2 (which he also designates iPad3,1 and iPad3,2; he doesn't explain how the two different nomenclatures are related);

b) The two models are a Wi-Fi-only device, and one that adds "embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers;"

c) And, "confirmation" that iPad 3 will have an A6 processor "with model number S5L8945X" which is "also apparently a quad-core model...."

The only problem with this is that the four photographs that accompany Geller's paragraph-long story show almost none of this information, and certainly not enough for inferences, at least as far as Rollup could determine. Inexplicably, large parts of each photo have fields that are deliberately blurred to obscure the text. But equally inexplicably, Geller doesn't mention this and doesn't say if BGR or BGR's source is responsible for it.

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