» But there’s a major downside: Because the FAA is so entwined with the kind of red tape only a complicated government organization could invent, if things are decided a certain way, it could force some crazy rules before an airline could allow such devices. For example — just for the right to allow the iPad on their plane, the current standards would force each airline to test each version of a device in a plane by itself (i.e. no passengers) to make sure everything was OK. If that sounds like an insane waste of money, that’s basically how the airlines feel.
ALERT: Quad-Core iPad 3 with 4G LTE to be unveiled in New York next week. -Sources— CNBC (@CNBC) February 28, 2012
Waiting for further confirmation, but one thing that’s interesting about this announcement is that it’s pretty rare for them to have a product launch in NYC. It’s kind of a major change for the company if that’s true.
EDIT: Hearing two things; first, the quad-core thing might be bunk, and second, CNBC may be wrong about the NYC thing. Both of those appear to be somewhat speculative, though. We’re waiting for more solid ground on this.