New iPad 3: The rumour mill examined

New iPad 3: The rumour mill examined
Thorsten says: "Yes, yes, I know it was jam... but that didn't stop it being delicious."

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You've seen the new iPad / iPad 3 / iPad 2S / iPad HD / iPhone Big, but in that excitement you've probably forgotten about all the 'facts' that were written about the impending device a fortnight ago.

The problem with the internet echo chamber is that while it comes up with some interesting nuggets of information from time to time, a blatant lie that gets picked up by one of the bigger blogs can instantly become true just thanks to the amount of people writing about it.

It's time the internet, and specifically, TechRadar, was taken to task for all the rumours we told you about… so we've rounded up ALL the stories we wrote on the new device to see how on the money we were with the new iPad:

iPad 3 to feature dual-core 2GHz processor by Samsung


Apple to use AMOLED screens for iPad 3


The iPad 3 will be 'iPad 2 Plus'

Swing and a miss.

iPad 3 to launch in Autumn 2011


iPad 3 will feature a 3D screen

That's a no.

iPad 3 will have a Retina Display


iPad 3 to launch in February 2012

Come on, we were close.

iPad 3 to pack 4G connection

Yes – on a comeback.

Thicker iPad next in line

We're nailing these now.

iPad 3 to have early 2012 release date

That one was a little obvious.

iPad 3 to be called iPad 2S

Damn it.

iPad 3 launch set for February again

Didn't get any more right.

iPad 3 to have quad core processor

Well, it seemed likely…

New iPad to have 8MP camera

Looking back, it's obviously pointless.

iPad 3 to launch on 7 March

Yeah – bang on the money.

iPad 3 to be called iPad HD

Should have been, in our opinion.

iPad 3 to launch in March

Back of the net.

iPad to feature next-gen haptic technology

We told you that was just rubbish.

It will be called the iPad 3

We can't believe it wasn't either.

So that's 13 stories that we got wrong, and six we got right. We're only realising now how stupid it may be to tell you to disregard us as a font of all truth, but hey, we're an honest bunch here.

By the way, if you want all the news about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, check out our round up for all the facts.

Real fing on YouTube

We're continuing with a theme here – it's our new iPad 3 queue video update review round up whatsit:

Funnier fing on YouTube

It's a kitten watching the Nyan Cat on an iPad. We're always on message here:

We're off to pitch James Cameron about a movie where a boat turns into a blue mechanoid on a spaceship from the future. In the meantime, if you need us, head on over to @TR_Phones and @TR_tablets. We'll be there all weekend – try the veal.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.