Consumers Poised to Purchase Apple iPad 3

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -As Apple's ( AAPL) iPad 3 launch grows ever closer, more than 60% of people responding to TheStreet's recent poll said they would buy the new tablet when announced.

Some 64.54% of those who voted said they would buy the Apple tablet "no matter what." This comes at a time when the blogosphere is rife with rumors about the new iPad's feature set.

Just over 30% of those who voted said they might buy the tablet, but would have to see what features Apple adds before they make their decision.

Many have speculated that the new tablet will have Long Term Evolution (LTE) capabilities, able to run on the high-speed networks from both AT&T ( T) and Verizon ( VZ).

Others expect the newest iteration of the iPad will be similar in form factor to the iPad 2, and will contain features such as Retina Display (already featured on the iPhone 4), an updated processor for improved speed and computing power, a QXGA 1,536 x 2,048-pixel HD display and a longer battery life.

Just 5.17% of respondents said they planned to buy tablets from other manufacturers, specifically either a Kindle Fire from Amazon ( AMZN) or an Android-based tablet. Google ( GOOG) licenses out Android to consumer electronic companies such as Samsung who then make modifications based on their needs. The Kindle Fire runs a version of Android.

Apple shares are higher today, up 1.38% to $542.78, bucking the broader Nasdaq.

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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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