The Wall Street Journal has published two articles dealing with the rumored upcoming iPad 3, one of which is slightly more believable than the other.
First off, they’re claiming that AT&T and Verizon will be selling a 4G LTE iPad 3. While unsure if Sprint and T-Mobile would be offering this too, the big two will offer a high-speed connection, with the ability to fall back to 3G if necessary. This is hardly an unexpected claim, but it’s still a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. Also keep in mind that 4G is a notorious battery drain, so if true, Apple’s big trick will be keeping the iPad’s incredibly battery life with the faster connection, and a retina display.
On the subject of displays, the other WSJ rumor is that Apple is testing an 8-inch version of the iPad 3. That’s a significant change from the 9.7-inch screen on the current iPad. This information comes from supply chain sources, who are notoriously unreliable, and also state that it will have the same resolution as the iPad 2, just crammed into a smaller space. I’m still not sold on this rumor, significantly due to Jobs’ famous remarks about sandpaper and small tablets. That said, Tim Cook’s in charge now, so a sea change might be occurring.