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Purported 'iPad 3' back panel shows space for larger battery, new LCD

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A component claimed to be the back panel for Apple's anticipated third-generation iPad shows room for a larger battery, and also implies the display will be mounted differently.

The purported "iPad 3" component was obtained by the Repair Labs at Fix-iPhones.com. In a side-by-side comparison of the new component with the iPad 2 back panel, the repair site found four key differences:

The alleged third-generation iPad back panel has "very different" mounts for the logic board, implying that the shape of the logic board in the next iPad will also be a major change.

This would allow for a larger battery within the iPad 3, because the width of where the logic board sits is much smaller on the new component.

The component also reveals that the camera on the new iPad will be "different," though any changes from the current iPad 2 cannot be deciphered from the panel.

Finally, the site also declared that the LCD display will also be "different" than the current iPad 2, based on different mounting in the new back panel. Apple is rumored to utilize a new, high-resolution Retina Display for its next iPad.




Citing an anonymous source, the repair site said that the housing for the iPad 3 does not appear to be any thicker than the iPad 2. Various rumors have suggested the next iPad will be slightly thicker than the current iPad 2, perhaps to accommodate for dual LED light bars for a Retina Display.

Apple is widely expected to launch a new third-generation iPad in March, one year after the iPad 2 debuted. Other claims of an event this month, however, have been declared false.

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First!
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It's actually the back panel for a new Samsung tablet.
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First!

Quite insightful.

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the camera on the new iPad will be "different,"

Light field. I'm calling it right now. Even though I don't believe it myself.

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It will be thicker than iPad 2??? Yikes...
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It will be thicker than iPad 2??? Yikes...

The iPhone 3G was thicker than the iPhone. No one batted an eye.

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... Light field. I'm calling it right now. Even though I don't believe it myself.

Too soon.
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It will be thicker than iPad 2??? Yikes...

According to the rumors by about 2MM. So basically nothing that anyone would actually notice outside of perhaps having to replace a form fitting case

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The iPhone 3G was thicker than the iPhone. No one batted an eye.

That was before Apple made a big deal out of depth. I don't think adding thickness will matter, in some ways a little more will give it a more solid feel like the original. How much heavier will it be is the question.
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Apple is not in the habit of making things thicker so I call BS in that. I certainly won't believe it based on silly internet rumors.
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That was before Apple made a big deal out of depth.

The first iPhone was the thinnest smartphone ever, and Apple sold it as such. They've always made a big deal about how thin their stuff is. The page for the aluminum pre-unibody PowerBook G4 and MacBook Pro on Apple.com ALWAYS mentioned how it was 1" thin (not thick, thin). When the 12" and 17" were released, they were pitched by Apple as the thinnest pro laptops ever.

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I don't think adding thickness will matter, in some ways a little more will give it a more solid feel like the original.

But still, you're right. I enjoy the feel of my first-gen much better than that of the iPad 2. It's just too thin!

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How much heavier will it be is the question.

Depends heavily on the density of the battery, I'd imagine.

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I'm ready for the retina display. I feel like the pixels on my iPad 2 are taunting me when I read.
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According to the rumors by about 2MM. So basically nothing that anyone would actually notice outside of perhaps having to replace a form fitting case

If the new iPad is 2mm thicker it will be very noticeable. Depending on the weight, it wouldn't be a problem for other than über geeks, however. But if the thing is also heavier... take cover! Noticeably thicker and heavier MAY be acceptable given a 'pro' monicker, but I imagine Apple would HATE bringing something like that to market.
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First!

You're kidding, right? I thought this kiddie game went out of style years ago.
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A better camera is always a welcome..I hope they suprise us with something that hasn't been speculated already through the rumor mill..
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The article says:

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Citing an anonymous source, the repair site said that the housing for the iPad 3 does not appear to be any thicker than the iPad 2.

You guys say:
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It will be thicker than iPad 2??? Yikes...

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According to the rumors by about 2MM. So basically nothing that anyone would actually notice outside of perhaps having to replace a form fitting case

So, where exactly, do you get from the article that it IS going to be thicker??
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So, where exactly, do you get from the article that it IS going to be thicker??


Exactly!
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The article says:



You guys say:



So, where exactly, do you get from the article that it IS going to be thicker??

I was wondering when someone else would notice. I think these guys are talking about previous rumors but THIS article specifically calls out the fact that it is NOT thicker. Reading comprehension is one of the most undeveloped skills in this world. \

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Stereo speakers, please.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Typically, how far in advance Apple sends the invited before the event?

When do you think they will do it?
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Typically, how far in advance Apple sends the invited before the event?

A week.

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When do you think they will do it?

March.

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I really think it needs a DVD drive in it to play movies. otherwise it will suck big time!
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I'm joking,
post #23 of 30
Looks like a solid update. A high density display and better optics will address the two main shortfalls of the current model. Presumably Siri is also on board. These will be enough to convince many to upgrade.
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You're kidding, right? I thought this kiddie game went out of style years ago.

Yeah! The fashionable thing today is to be the first to ridicule someone who says "first!"

(You were second.)
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Looks like a solid update. A high density display and better optics will address the two main shortfalls of the current model. Presumably Siri is also on board. These will be enough to convince many to upgrade.

What do you mean by "better optics"?

The glass? The backlighting?
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That was before Apple made a big deal out of depth. I don't think adding thickness will matter, in some ways a little more will give it a more solid feel like the original. How much heavier will it be is the question.

I think it will be slightly lighter but same thickness? We'll see.
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There is some new information that the magnet design for the Smart Cover will be the same as the iPad 2. I hope that isn't the case.

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There is some new information that the magnet design for the Smart Cover will be the same as the iPad 2. I hope that isn't the case.

Why? Do you want something thinner? Curious.
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There is some new information that the magnet design for the Smart Cover will be the same as the iPad 2. I hope that isn't the case.

The Smart Cover can be the same, the display can be Retina/Retina-esque.

Yeah, maybe under Steve he would have also thrown out the old Smart Covers and have Smart Covers 2, which could still happen while having "backward compatibility" to Smart Covers 1.
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Why? Do you want something thinner? Curious.

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The Smart Cover can be the same, the display can be Retina/Retina-esque.

Yeah, maybe under Steve he would have also thrown out the old Smart Covers and have Smart Covers 2, which could still happen while having "backward compatibility" to Smart Covers 1.

I want more magnets. This would make the G1 and G2 Smart Covers work with either the G2 or G3 iPad, but would give the G2 Smart Cover and the G3 iPad more features.

By more magnets I mean more magnets. You know how you can simply open and close the Smart Cover to get the videos to stop/start playing and the display to turn off/on? Well I want that to be expanded. I want to simply flip the first flap up to see the time, data, weather, stocks, and any calendar or other notifications that have come up. No need to open up the entire cover just to check for a split second.

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