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Part Numbers Suggest Imminent Availability of iPad 3 and New Apple TV

9to5Mac reports that reliable source Mr. X has revealed part numbers for at least some models of the iPad 3 as well as an updated Apple TV set-top box.


According to the report, Apple is releasing three different variants of the new iPad, going by code names J1, J2, and J2a, with the presumption being that J1 corresponds to a Wi-Fi only model while the J2 variants correspond to models with cellular data capabilities. The part numbers also include reference to the J33 product that had previously been identified as a new Apple TV.
MD328LL/A – J1 GOOD B- USA
MD329LL/A – J1 BETTER B-USA
MD330LL/A – J1 BEST-B-USA

MD366LL/A – J2A GOOD A-USA
MD367LL/A – J2A BEST A-USA
MD368LL/A – J2A BEST A-USA

MD369LL/A – J2A GOOD B-USA
MD370LL/A – J2A BETTER B-USA
MD371LL/A – J2A BEST B-USA

MD199LL/A – J33 BEST -USA
The report indicates that iPad 3 shipments are indeed already making their way around the world in advance of the device's introduction, suggesting that customers should see availability come relatively quickly after the media event.

Speculation based on the part numbers suggest that the J1 variant (presumably the Wi-Fi only models) may come in only one color at launch. Part numbers are also showing a mystery "B82" product launching alongside the new iPads and Apple TV. It is unclear what that product is, but is likely to be a new accessory of some sort.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 3 at a media event rumored for March 7, while we have believed for some time that the upgraded iPad 3 would pave the way for an update to the Apple TV and higher-resolution iTunes Store content.

Update: Three more part numbers corresponding to the "J1" iPad 3 have been added:
MC705LL/A – J1 GOOD A-USA
MC706LL/A – J1 BETTER A-USA
MC707LL/A – J1 BEST A-USA


Related roundups: iPad Air, Apple TV

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28 months ago
I just hope the new AppleTV natively supports 24bit audio.
Rating: 11 Positives
28 months ago
To be honest, I kind expected Apple TV 3 at the same time. Makes sense to advertise/sell them together, with 1080p capabilities and AirPlay :D
Rating: 9 Positives
28 months ago
Wow. I'm super excited for the new Apple TV - in combination with MLion and Airplay on all my iDevices and whatever else Cupertino has cooked up for us, I'm sure it will be absolutely awesome :)

I just can't wait! :D
Rating: 7 Positives
28 months ago

Am I the only one who wishes macrumors.com would start talking about stuff that is Mac related?


Yes
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago

Yes


What should they be covering related to Mac that they aren't covering now? I think the blame is on Apple. Apple is focusing on iOS more then Mac so that is what is reported on the most. When there are Mac Rumors they report them as well.
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago
I hope ATV has more new feature than just 1080p support (my broadband barely supports 720p ;) ) such as more storage and application support for some select apps that would be suited to the device (bbc iPlayer, sky news etc).

Either way, bring on the good stuff. It's gonna be an expensive March :)
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago
Only 1 color of wi-fi model? That will cause some bitching.

Hopefully the new AppleTV box supports more apps.
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago
No invites yet?
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago
I'll be getting both but I sure do hope they offer a way of upgrading previously purchased HD content for people who upgrade the Apple TV. Something like what they did with music when they upped the bit rate and removed DRM.

Of course, it would also be great if they removed DRM on purchased video but that won't happen anytime soon.
Rating: 6 Positives
28 months ago
It's going to be an expensive Spring :/ I'm planning to:

- Replace my aTV (1st gen) with a 3rd gen
- Buy an iPad 3 (I used to have a 1st gen but sold it a long time ago
- Buy a 27" iMac with an SSD (I've had one of each generation of the 27" iMac and sold them shortly before the new one....but unfortunately I ended up selling my old one just before Fall)
- Maybe a new MBA if the changes are big enough
Rating: 5 Positives

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