Both VentureBeat and CNET are reporting that Apple’s next iPad won’t be called the iPad 3, as many have expected, but will instead be called the iPad HD due to its inclusion of a high resolution Retina display.
CNET has learned that Apple’s next tablet will be called the iPad HD instead of the iPad 3.
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.”
Gizmodo reported last week that Apple might go with the iPad HD name for its next-gen tablet, while The Verge (under their previous name, ThisIsMyNext) reported back in July that this would be the case. Nevertheless, there are good reasons why Apple may not choose to use the HD name.
One such reason might be the large number of “HD” labeled iPad apps already available. Most of these aren’t already optimized for a Retina display, which could make for a bad customer experience when purchasing things from the App Store. The iPad Retina display would also sport an even higher resolution than 1080p, possible making the HD name confusing for some customers.
Whatever Apple decides to call the next iPad, we should all know for sure when Apple announces their next tablet at tomorrow’s iPad media event.