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Newsworthiness is hard to define. Web traffic is simple to measure. I wonder if the Telegraph website has run anything about the iPad 3 launch?

Telegraph, 9th Feb: Apple iPad 3 announcement ‘in early March’

Technology blog The Verge, citing “people familiar with the product”, says that the new iPad will have double the screen resolution of the iPad 2 and as a result will be about one millimetre thicker. It will probably be powered by an A6 chip – the iPad 2 is powered by the A5 – but The Verge says that chip will be dual-core and not quad-core as had been suggested elsewhere.

Telegraph, 1oth Feb: Apple in ‘crunch mode’ as iPad 3 approaches

The new tablet is expected to have double the screen resolution of the iPad 2 – enough to show a Blu-ray movie in its native resolution and still have pixels to spare … It will probably be powered by an A6 chip – the iPad 2 is powered by the A5 – but one technology blog yesterday claimed that the A6 chip will be dual-core and not quad-core as many had predicted.

Telegraph, 14 Feb: Apple ‘to announce iPad 3 on March 7’

A flurry of rumours, from a range have sources, say that the new iPad will have a ‘retina display’ – that is, an improved screen resolution delivering 2048 x 1536 pixels … Even the name is in question, with some suggesting that Apple could choose a name that reflects the improved screen resolution, such as ‘iPad HD’.

Telegraph 28 Feb: Apple announces March 7 event

It is thought that the new iPad will have a vastly improved display, with double the screen resolution of the iPad 2, and a faster processor.

The iPad 2 is powered by an Apple-designed A5 processor but it is thought that the new iPad will feature an A6 processor, which is either a new dual-core chip or a quad-core chip depending on which rumour you choose to believe.

Telegraph, 2nd March: Apple iPad rumours increase as event approaches

The latest rumour concerns the name of the next Apple device. Though most people are assuming that the successor to the iPad 2 will be the iPad 3, bloggers have speculated that it will be called the iPad HD – a reference to the higher resolution display that the device is thought to have.

(Note: see 14 Feb, above)

Telegraph, 6th March: Apple iPad 3 event: A guide to the rumours

The new iPad will almost certainly have a much-improved display compared with its predecessor. It is expected to have a so-called ‘retina’ display and be capable of full 1080p HD. That has led some to suggest that the new iPad will be called the iPad HD, rather than iPad 3 or even, as others have suggested, the iPad 2S.

Whatever the new iPad is called, it will probably have a faster processor than the iPad 2. The current iPad is powered by Apple’s A5 chip. The new device is expected to have an A6 chip, which might be a quad-core processor, though some sources suggest that it will be a dual-core chip like the A5. Leaked photos purporting to be iPad parts (see above) also suggest a smaller space for the logic board and more room for a battery.

Telegraph, 6th March: Apple event poll: which iPad upgrade do you want most?

The screen and processor are the most obvious targets for an upgrade, and rumours from Apple’s manufacturing partners in the Far East suggest both will get one.

The new iPad will almost certainly have a much-improved display compared with its predecessor. It is expected to have a so-called ‘Retina’ display and be capable of full 1080p HD. That has led some to suggest that the new iPad will be called the iPad HD, rather than iPad 3 or even, as others have suggested, the iPad 2S.

I’ll update this list as we go along. In the meantime, you may also be interested in my infOMGPONIESgraphic on iPad 3 coverage.

Update, 27/03/12: So, this happened. Sigh.

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