NEW YORK — Apple is expected to reveal a new iPad model Wednesday, with a sharper screen and perhaps an option for faster wireless broadband. The upgrades are relatively minor, but the iPad is secure in its position as the king of tablets.
As usual, Apple has kept the features of the new device secret. No matter what they are, analysts expect the new iPad to be a success, riding on the popularity of the previous models, and pent-up demand from consumers who have been waiting for the new model.
The iPad 2 was a big step up from the original iPad, because Apple included a camera and reduced both the thickness and the weight of the device. But there isn't that much Apple can do to jazz up the iPad 3. Company watchers expect the new device to have the same basic size and weight as last year's model.
Some of the rumored new features include:
■ A sharper screen, similar to the "Retina Display" on the iPhone 4 and 4s. The rumored resolution is 2048 by 1536 pixels, which would make text look smoother and some high-resolution pictures look better. It won't make much of a difference for images on the Web, or on video.
Some speculate that Apple will call the model the "iPad HD," for "high definition," rather than "iPad 3."
■ The new iPad could include Siri, the voice-activated "assistant" on the iPhone 4S.
■ Faster wireless capabilities. IPads are available with built-in modems for AT&T's and Verizon's third-generation, or "3G," cellular networks in the United States. The iPad 3 could come in a version that offers faster "4G" or "LTE" networks. However, most iPads are used only on Wi-Fi, so an LTE chip wouldn't matter to most buyers.