iPad 3 Leaked Parts Compared With iPad 2: Suggests Slightly Thicker Profile, Bigger Battery, Retina Display & High-Res Cameras

We are just a few weeks away from the strongly-rumored iPad 3 event and, as suspected, the number of reports and “leaks” is increasing quite rapidly. Today, we received news of an iPad 3 parts and components leak which, if correct, reveal interesting information about the hotly anticipated device. Details after the jump!


The news comes from our friends over at 9to5Mac – a popular blog dedicated to covering all things Apple – in the form of a report in which they cite a post over on ilab.cc full of photos of some of iPad 3’s leaked components: dock connector, LCD panel and back plate.

The back panel suggests that the iPad 3 will be about 10mm thick (1mm thicker than the iPad 2), apparently due to newer, more powerful components such as a larger camera sensor, bigger battery and thicker, dual-LEB backlit LCD panel. ilab.cc compared one of the rumored Sharp high-resolution LCD panel and found that it fit absolutely perfectly with the leaked iPad 3 back plate.

From 9to5Mac:

According to the post, the back panel does hint at a slightly thicker iPad 3 gaining approximately 1mm in profile, likely to house new components and a bigger battery to drive more on-screen pixels and that dual-LED backlit system. … As for that  2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution display allegedly manufactured by Sharp, it’s a perfect fit…

And that’s not all:

Upon further inspection, the iPad 3’s camera hole is different from the iPad 2 as well. “Design differences” suggest that the tablet may just come with a more respectable rear camera.




Results of this iPad 3 component leak study match perfectly with rumored hardware specifications: a longer-lasting battery, a 2048×1536 9.7” Retina Display and better camera sensors to match the display’s higher resolution. Apple will also most certainly include a faster chip in the iPad 2, though it isn’t clear if it will be a quad-core A6 or just a faster, more-efficient dual-core A5.

According to one of the latest reports, the iPad 3 is set to be announced in the first week of March at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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