The hype behind the much anticipated iPad® 3 is almost palpable, although somewhat surprising given the fact that the iPad 2® was released less than a year ago. However, in the technology sector’s version of “keeping up with the Jones’”, Apple® reigns supreme, and every product release or even its rumor is treated with more publicity and fanfare than Black Friday savings specials.

So as the Apple product release calendar returns to the more traditional timeline, the rumor mill has heated up again with an impending announcement of an iPad 3 release. Apple of course has done its part as usual to remain neutral on the topic, only further exacerbating the swirling rumors, theories, and concept mockups circulating the Internet. However, one piece of gossip seems to be confirmed: Apple will hold a press conference on March 7th at 10am PST in San Francisco, the topics to be discussed will remain unknown until that date, but that has never and will never stop the masses from conjecturing about the possibilities.

EHR Apple iPad 3 Announcement

With a stranglehold on the tablet market, some estimates as high as a 57% stake, Apple is poised to maintain dominance should the 3rd version of the revolutionary iPad live up to its rumored features on March 7th.

Apple iPad 3 Rumor Control

Each new day brings with it a new batch of iPad 3 rumors. We have compiled some of the rumored features along with the potential benefits for users of the MediTouch® Software Suite.

  • Thinner and Lighter than iPad Predecessors — Allows physicians and staff greater mobility and ease of use, further reducing size and weight.
  • 9.7 inch Retina Display with Double the Screen Resolution — Upgraded from 1024 x 769 pixel screen resolution to 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is higher than full 1080p HD video resolution at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and should display much sharper images. It goes without saying that the crisper the image, the easier it is to see; this would help both patients and doctors to better view clinical encounter images, especially when using the HealthFusion® EHR drawing feature, MediDraw®.
  • Two Different iPad 3 Sizes — A consistent rumor on past Apple announcements, some suggest that there could be two sizes released of the iPad 3, with screen sizes of 8 (mini) and 9.7 inches (traditional). More of a personal preference, should doctor or staff wish to utilize a smaller sized tablet; the smaller version would also help Apple compete against the Kindle Fire®.
  • Two Different iPad 3 Processors — The purported “Mini iPad” with the smaller display is said to have an enhanced version of the current A5 processor, where as the iPad 3 is said to come equipped with a new quad-core Apple A6 processor, providing a much faster Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The faster processor will help to slightly decrease the current sub-second load time, but mainly increase graphics quality and clarity.
  • Improved Front and Rear Cameras — It’s a no brainer; a better camera combined with an enhanced display means improved image quality. A better camera would certainly help encounter documentation, especially when used in conjunction with MediDraw.
  • 4G LTE Data Network Connectivity — Depending on the cellular provider being used, 4G LTE would allow for the high-speed transfer of data. Computing hardware may evolve and improve, but the greatest benefit for any cloud software, including MediTouch, is a fast, reliable Internet connection. Even the iPad 3 will be painfully slow without the proper high-speed internet connection. The 4G LTE network would be a great option for MediTouch users without a reliable or expensive high-speed Internet connection; best of all, the 4G LTE network goes anywhere you do, perfect for mobile healthcare (mHealth).
  • New Docking Connector — The iPad’s shell gets thinner and lighter with each iteration, making less and less space available for chips and processors. A smaller or mini docking port would allow more space for the inner workings of the iPad.
  • Siri® Integration — The iPad 3 may come with Apple’s voice recognition and personal assistant, Siri, built-in. Siri could allow for enhanced voice recognition and dictation abilities. While not a replacement for dedicated medical dictation software, like Dragon Dictate®, Siri could certainly aid in the process. Siri’s free price point as an integrated iPad 3 feature may make it worth a try.

Apple has made its name, and its money, in the industry by playing its cards close to the vest. Their secrecy and innovation have combined to create a cult-like following, with many consumers eager to adopt the latest version of an Apple product as soon as it is announced or even rumored. At HealthFusion, we are as fanatical as anyone when it comes to Apple products, especially the iPad, but we have a simple suggestion for our users and everyone else considering the iPad 3: If you are already an iPad owner, do not sell off your tablet just yet in anticipation of an eminent release. And if you are not currently an iPad owner, simply wait until a release is confirmed. We suggest restraint; in either case the world will have an answer in a week’s time, so just wait a little bit longer. No matter Apple’s announcement on March 7th, HealthFusion’s MediTouch Software Suite will continue to operate efficiently on the current generation iPad and the next.

Be sure to follow up with us after the Apple announcement on the 7th as we compare the rumored iPad 3 and its features to the actual announcement. Hopefully the announcement will surpass all of the rumors and expectations!