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New iPad to be Called 'iPad HD' and Not 'iPad 3'?


CNet claims that the next iPad that is due to be announced on Wednesday will be named "iPad HD".
A developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple and otherwise tells us the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with "iPad 3."
The next generation iPad has been referenced as the "iPad 3" in most reports as a natural successor to the iPad 2 which was released last year.

Some case-makers have already started referencing the new device as the "iPad HD" though we were skeptical about their knowledge of Apple's plans. However, CNet's report and a similar report from VentureBeat suggests that iPad HD may well be the name.

The name was first predicted in a rumor from July, 2011. In that report by This Is My Next (now TheVerge), the author claimed the "iPad HD" would be a high-end device aimed more at professionals. The most recent rumors, however, have suggested the new device will arrive at the same price points as the current iPad 2.

Apple will be holding their media event on Wed, March 7th.

Related roundup: iPad Air

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33 months ago

It makes a lot of sense.
Apple won't want to keep naming their products by numbers, what if they get to something like the iPad 14. Just sounds silly.


At iPad 10, they just call all models after as iPad X and then tag them with the species name of different primates.
Rating: 48 Votes
33 months ago

But Apple already designates "HD" for iPhone apps modified for iPad.

This wouldn't bode well for continuity's sake.


Apple doesn't do this, it's the developers that add the 'HD' moniker to their iPad apps.
Rating: 30 Votes
33 months ago
iPad 3 or iPad HD... makes no difference to me. Just hurry up and release it so I can give Apple my money for it! :D
Rating: 25 Votes
33 months ago
Why not just drop the numbering scheme on all of the iOS devices? How dumb would macbook pro 4 sound? Just make it the iPad and iPhone.
Rating: 25 Votes
33 months ago
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

:p
Rating: 20 Votes
33 months ago
But Apple already designates "HD" for iPhone apps modified for iPad.

This wouldn't bode well for continuity's sake.
Rating: 19 Votes
33 months ago
I don't care what they call it, all I know is I want one.
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago

Apple doesn't do this, it's the developers that add the 'HD' moniker to their iPad apps.


Right, Apple's never encouraged developer double-dipping with two different versions of the same app (that's what Universal apps are for). But I look forward to Rovio triple-dipping with Angry Birds HD HD later this month, just $19.99!

Seriously, though, I don't really like the HD name. If anything it undersells the device? HD is so closely associated with 1080p these days, and this is way better than that.
Rating: 14 Votes
33 months ago
Honestly I wish Apple would just follow the same pattern they do with the MacBooks in naming their iPad and iPhone line. Just like the computers are just the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro (not MacBook Air 2 or MacBook Pro 3), they should just stick with iPad and iPhone. After a while they're gonna have to drop the numbers eventually. Might as well do it early since both devices are widely used and easily recognised.
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago

Steve Jobs would not approve of that name...


I am pretty sure he was very involved still with a project that came less then a year after his death....
Rating: 11 Votes

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