Photo of iPad 3 Rear Shell Suggests Minor Physical Changes, Larger Battery

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


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    RepairLabs reports that it has received a photo of what is claimed to the inside of the rear shell of the iPad 3, comparing the part to the corresponding version found on the iPad 2. The iPad 3 version demonstrates a few minor changes compared to the iPad 2, with one of the most notable being an apparently narrower logic board that could make room for an expanded battery.
    The report also points out slight differences to the locations where the iPad's rear camera and LCD display mount to the rear casing. While those changes obviously do not offer any evidence of enhancements for the components themselves, they do suggest that Apple has at least tweaked their designs from the current iPad.

    The photo does not show the backside of the rear shell that would be visible on the assembled device, nor does it show an edge view that would allow for a thickness comparison to the iPad 2. The photo's source does claim, however, that there is no apparent difference in thickness between the two rear shells.

    Rumors have disagreed on whether the iPad 3 will thicker, thinner, or the same thickness as the iPad 2, with some suggesting that the final result depends on what type of display technology and backlight system Apple has settled on for the device. The iPad 3 is said to be gaining a high-resolution "Retina" display that could require new solutions for powering and lighting the the screen.

    Other rumors have claimed that the device will run utilize a quad-core processor on Apple's next-generation "A6" system-on-a-chip and that support for LTE cellular connectivity will be included on some models.

    Article Link: Photo of iPad 3 Rear Shell Suggests Minor Physical Changes, Larger Battery
  2. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Longer battery life?! If it has a retina display we should all be jumping for joy if it has the same life as it currently does.
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Finally some iPad 3 news. For a second there, I thought Apple gave up on it and 5.1. Now, hurry up and take my money!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    Northern, VA
  5. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    I think they should allow pre-orders for each part that gets revealed and we put everything together ourselves.

    That way it's Made in America and nobody has to stand in line and we can save a few bucks.

    Think different!
  6. macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2005
    Albany, NY
    No Flash?

    I was sure Apple was going to include a flash for the rear camera. Oh well.

    I just wish someone would release some more information about the launch event or release date.

    I'm losing my mind.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
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    iPad 2S?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2010
    it doesn't look different?? NO ONE WILL BUY IT! just like the iPhone 4s :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I would love playing with an iPad 1 3G with a really fast internet bandwidth. I think the biggest innovation is in the infrastructure area. Retina display is nice, but I think the biggest use of a retina display would be in a macbook for professional video/photo editing.
  10. macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
  11. macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    It's going to look identical to the iPad 2, except the screen of course.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
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    So this discredits the rumour that iPad 3 would have a bigger camera aperture and thus a better camera?
  13. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2006
    Rockford, IL
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    I'm getting the itch solely based on this news.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    As far as I'm concerned, the addition of a retina display would not merit the 'S' badge.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2004
    Not that I won't be jumping for joy regardless, but...why do you say that?

    The upgrade from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 added (among other things):

    A retina display, a faster clocked and more advanced processor, a faster clocked GPU, a wider bus, more RAM, a penta-band radio and 802.11n, and the same height but significantly less width and depth.

    And, oh yeah, a higher capacity, longer lasting battery.

    I'm not saying the iPad's situation is identical, of course, but it wouldn't be unheard of for Apple.
  16. macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2010
    When is Apple going to announce the dang thing? It seems the iPad 3 is going to be like the iPhone 4S; Announced far beyond their typical release pattern.
  17. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    What do people expect ? USB ports ? HDMI ports ? eSata Ports ?

    We all know that will never happen. It's not needed.
  18. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Apple also holds a patent in batteries that allows them to take on a variety of shapes, such as pyramidal, toroidal, curved, etc. No doubt that's going to be incorporated at some point in the iPad as well.

    The question is whether the power consumption of the A6 plus possible LTE radio and retina display (with two light bars?) is merely being offset by this new battery or if the battery life actually increases.

    Assuming this shell is legitimate, which it certainly appears so.
  19. macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Its A ipad 2 S

    It seems like a iPad 2 because the changes are not much i think apple will start to use the sales technique they are currently using with the iPhone to get more money from the customer and as we all know how people are crazy over apple upgrades.:rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    By what :confused:
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2012
  22. macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2011
    i hope they put in a nice camera. i hate watching my grainy sex videos!
  23. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    It is not the LCD part of the screen that sucks down battery life. It is the back lighting that is the power drain. The LCD panel itself takes very little power to run and the number of pixels in it does not really matter to much on power usage.

    Longer battery life is good. It is the biggest piece of technology that we use that has not grown exponentially like everything else. It has been a very slow linear growth over the years.

    What we have figured out how to do is make other parts smaller so we can put in larger batteries and try to reduce power demand on parts to increase battery life.
  24. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Don't get excited yet

    As much as I like these rumors, I can never geuinely get excited over pictures because any of them can be fake. I'm getting the iPad 3 no matter what anyway so just like the other guy all I care about are rumors about when it will be released!
    Oh & btw as I always say: If they name it iPad 2S it will ruin everything! Just call it 3
  25. macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2010
    My god--I'm with you on that one. I check rumor sites about every 2 seconds.

    And as a side note, if this new iPad has a retina display, LTE, and better processor, (or maybe even just the retina display by itself), there is no reason to be disappointed by the lack of a new design. The iPad 2 (much like the iPhone 4) already has a gorgeous design and is incredibly thin. Even when I had the back cover on my iPad 2, it still felt paper thin. I just hope they don't move the camera, or I'll have to buy a new back cover.

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