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What were the brains at Apple thinking by not giving the "new iPad" a name? Are we just supposed to call it "the new iPad" now? That's how Apple's Web site refers to it — with a lowercase "n" in "new," so it's not even a name name. It's pretentious is what it is. But beyond pretension, calling it "the new iPad" is like referring to a new Canon camera as "the new Canon camera," or a new Cadillac as "the new Cadillac" or a new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes as "the new FABULOUS Christian Louboutin shoes." Can you be vaguer? You are aware there are more than one iPad model, right? Apparently not.
 
Take a hike iPad 2, there's a new king in town. As with all Apple products, the rumors on the next models start nice and early — months ahead of the unveil day. For nearly a year, we've been following the rumor mill like bees flocking to their hives. Which ones ended up being spot-on and which ones were completely off? Read on for our full confirmed/denied scorecard inside.
 
Apple CEO Tim Cook fired up the company's big unveiling today by talking mess about the personal computer. "Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future," Cook declared. "The devices you use the most are more portable, more personal, and dramatically easier to use than any PC has ever been." Cook identified the iPhone, iPad and iPod as accounting for a whopping 76% of Apple's revenue. "We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world," Cook said, adding, "the iPad had to be the best device for doing the things you do most often, like browsing the web and checking email." With that, Tim Cook rolled right into unveiling the 3rd generation iPad, which the company has so far only referred to as "the new iPad." (Taking a page from the Nook, apparently.)
 
In schools across the country, tablets are replacing traditional books. Check out the infographic below to find out what this means for the future of education and how much today's highly anticipated announcement of Apple's next iPad (3? HD?) will contribute to how kids today learn.
 
The iPad 3, iPad HD or whatever it's going to be called is the worst kept secret in the tech world. Based on all the rumors, we've got a nice solid picture of what Apple will probably announce on Wednesday. The iPad 3 will likely include a dazzling 2048x1536 Retina Display, a faster processor (either dual-core or quad-core CPU), better graphics performance, bigger battery, upgraded cameras and more pronounced tapering along the edges. Despite the Wall Street Journal "confirming" 4G LTE, it's still on the fence. As is Siri support. Does that sound slightly boring to you? Let us help you forget about the next iPad and tell you what we want to see in the next next iPad. We present to you 14 wild ideas that would have our pre-orders in faster than it would take Usain Bolt to run an Olympic sprint.
 
I'm in this picture, but even I don't recognize me. It's because we're all dressed up in bunny suits: light cloth or paper coveralls and booties and hoods and face masks you wear in a clean room where microchips or sensitive equipment is manufactured. If you don't wear a bunny suit every day, you feel (and look) silly. Over the last 25 years or so, I've donned many a bunny suit during visits to numerous factories in Japan and South Korea and witnessed a sea of young, bunny-suited or uniformed factory workers toiling in stultifyingly sterile factories repetitively assembling cellphones, PCs, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, washing machines, microwave ovens, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. It's how our gadgets are made, like it or not. So the recent "exposés" about working conditions in Chinese factories making iPads, iPhones and iPods perhaps shock but don't surprise me, and they shouldn't surprise you.

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