Apple made next week’s rumored iPad 3 event official today. Next Wednesday, March 7, at 12:00PM CST, Apple will host the media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
The invitation image for the event, seen left, clearly shows an iPad device. While nothing is known about the iPad 3 – other than it exists and will ship soon – it is virtually undisputed that the 3rd generation Apple tablet will include a high-resolution display and more powerful underlying hardware, namely a faster CPU and GPU.
One feature of Mac OS X Mountain Lion users won’t have to wait for is Messages, Apple’s replacement for iChat. Messages allows users to send and receive free SMS and MMS style iMessage texts to and from iOS 5 devices on a Mac.
iMessage, introduced in iOS 5, is an Apple-only messaging service powered that bypasses carrier text message systems and allows free and direct text, photo, and video messaging between iOS 5 devices. Messages on the Mac makes it easy to do the same from your iMac or MacBook.
A beta of the app is now available for download.
Today Apple announced a new version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion. The new operating system, OS X v10.8, will be available for purchase in the Mac App Store this summer with many iOS 5 features in tow.
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While we don’t know anything about the iPad 3, there’s a lot we think we know, and most observers don’t expect a lot of (if any) surprises. So, the biggest question surrounding the new iPad has mostly been: when will it debut?
And we may now have an answer.
AllThingsD is reporting that Apple will announce the iPad 3 the first week of March. Of course, this has not been confirmed, but we’d be surprised if it turns out not to be the case – and this is the timeframe that we’d be expecting (March or April). Now the question is, how long after Apple announces the iPad 3 will the tablet ship?
In addition to a higher-resolution “Retina” display, the iPad 3 is expected to have a faster processor, a more powerful GPU, Bluetooth 4.0, and – possibly – LTE support. Check out more information on the upcoming iPad 3 at our iPad 3 Information Center.
Like most modern gadget addicts, you probably have several devices that charge over USB: an iPad, an iPhone, a Kindle and a Bluetooth headset, for example.
If so, the Cosmos 4-port USB Wall Charger was designed with you in mind; it allows you to charge four devices at once, with a single outlet and in one location. Of course, you’ll need USB charging cables or each of your devices, so if you don’t want to use the cables you already have, you’ll want to get extras (microUSB cables, Dock Connector Cables, etc.).
At only $12.99, though, you’ll have plenty of extra cash if you need to stock up on cables.