This week was supposed to be all about the CES 2012 product announcements. And yet, rumors about Apple's next iPad are buzzing all over the net. Here's a quick roundup of the next Apple tablet, reportedly due in March.
* The iPad 3 is likely to look much like the iPad 2, just as the iPhone 4S is a kissing cousin to its predecessor. The iPad 3 may be slightly thicker, which could render existing iPad 2 cases incompatible. It’s doubtful the next iPad will be as thick as the original Apple tablet, however.
* The iPad 3 will have significant hardware upgrades, such as a faster A6 chip, improved front and rear-facing cameras, and a Sharp screen with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. The iPad 2, by comparison, has an A5 processor, so-so cameras, and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
* Apple’s Siri virtual assistant technology is also rumored to be an iPad 3 feature, according to 9to5Mac.
* Speculation about a second, smaller iPad to compete with Amazon’s Kindle seems to be flickering out at the moment.