Apple Might Introduce a Better iPad 3 with a Lightning Adapter Next Week

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We've seen evidence of a faster iPad 3 using the Apple A6 processor before and now 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will announce a "refreshed version" of the full sized, 9.7-inch iPad with Retina Display at next week's event. It looks like we might be getting a new updated iPad sooner than we thought.

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This is a little confusing because this new iPad won't be considered an iPad 4 but would be an iPad 3 with "improved internals" and the new lightning adapter. Rumors had pointed towards Apple updating their entire iOS line to include Lightning adapters, so updating the iPad 3 would make sense with that speculation.

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Illustration for article titled Apple Might Introduce a Better iPad 3 with a Lightning Adapter Next Week

9to5Mac has an SKU list showing a bunch of iPads, half of those would be the new new iPad and the other half would be the iPad mini (prices aren't set of course). Though 9to5Mac isn't 100% certain if Apple will upgrade all the internals inside the iPad, there were reports that the updated iPad 3 would be using the A6 processor (the same processor inside the iPhone 5). Nothing is certain yet, of course, but we might see a new new iPad be introduced along with the new iPad mini next week. [9to5Mac]

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If they plan on putting this new connector on everything, they might want to consider getting them out there for people to buy extras. I am a current iPhone 5 owner and I have yet to see them anywhere except an Apple store, almost three hours away from my house. And even then it was only a USB to lightning cable. Where are the third party vendors!? Its getting ridiculous. I don't even care about the price, just make them available!