Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Apple has dropped a sign of its intention to introduce a range of new interactive content in line with the expected launch of the iPad 3 on March 7.
According to a report from Apple Insider, the company has preemptively added a new category — ‘Catalogs’ — to iTunes, which is visible via the Web view of the App Store at the stage. However, given that the upcoming device is strongly rumored to include a Retina display, it is suggested that the category could offer interactive content which caters for the new feature.
Joaquin Ruiz, CEO of the shopping app Catalog Spree told Apple Insider that “adding an app category is not something that Apple does lightly and we believe Apple’s decision reflects the importance of this use-case in the Apple App Store ecosystem.”
Catalog Spree itself has been moved over to “Catalogs’, having previously been listed under ‘Lifestyle’ but, as Apple Insider points out, there are currently a few issues with the new setting as it s content appears blank. However, as we move closer to launch — which is due to start at 10:00 am PST — it seems likely that these kinks will be ironed out, the category will fill with content and all shall be revealed.
In addition to the Retina display, key features of the iPad 3 — which is rumored to be called the iPad HD — are said to include support for LTE mobile broadband and dual GSM/CDMA networks in addition to increased RAM, which is reported to double to 1GB.
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