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The following photo has appeared on JailBreakiPhone4u and is beginning to circulate across the internet. The claim in the original article is that this somehow represents an iPad 3 Prototype.

The image appears to show an iPad-like case with Apple logo, and iPad name, but with some differences to the currently shipping design. The most noticeable difference is the presence of a bulge near the bottom of the device that appears to be for a port. The area is also labeled with an ethernet port symbol. Next, based on the single shot, the device appears to be widescreen configuration.

We tried contacting the poster to get some backstory, but with no response. Given the current information, our best guess is that this represents a knock-off / clone iPad design. It seems very unlikely that Apple would either add an ethernet port or change the aspect ratio of the iPad in the next version. The iPad 3 is rumored to be coming in 2012.


Article Link: Page 2: iPad 3 'Prototype' Image Circulating
 

pewra

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Jun 26, 2011
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Apple has been keen on ditching hardwired network ports (ala MacBook Air). Not to mention how cumbersome a device with a hardwired network would be.

An ethernet connector is taller then the iPad is thick, even with the 'bulge'.

I just don't see it.
 
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wordoflife

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Jul 6, 2009
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Yeah, it's probably a prototype of some sort.
Nope, we probably won't see this specific design on iPad 3.
 
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HarryKeogh

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Adding Ethernet and losing a camera? Sure. And the next iPad will also have a black and white display.
 
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srminton

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Sep 5, 2008
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agree with most of this, except that getting rid of the rear-facing camera wouldn't be such a dumb move - it really is a useless camera (not the front-facing camera, which they definitely have to keep). I've only ever seen one person using the rear-facing camera in public, and they looked like an idiot doing so.
 
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aohus

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Apr 4, 2010
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that whole article is poorly structured and incoherent. i call bs.

i highly doubt wireless charging will be apart of ipad 3.
 
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Mike Oxard

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agree with most of this, except that getting rid of the rear-facing camera wouldn't be such a dumb move - it really is a useless camera (not the front-facing camera, which they definitely have to keep). I've only ever seen one person using the rear-facing camera in public, and they looked like an idiot doing so.

If you use the camera for apps like Evernote, ie to take pictures of notes etc, then the rear camera is invaluable.
 
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Glassman

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Feb 21, 2006
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Apple logo seems printed rather than made of plastic - how would this thing deal with wireless reception?

No way they would change aspect ratio either.

Prob. another me-too shanzai attempt.
 
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DoubleWah

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Apr 16, 2010
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And the next iPad will also have a black and white display.

No way, I heard that it was going to render webpages with a built in pen plotter. Instead of providing a "paper-like" screen, the screen will actually be paper.
 
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Varedis

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Sep 30, 2011
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The image is clearly this Android tablet with an apple logo stuck on it, you can even see the icons all around the edges for every port

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pewra

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Jun 26, 2011
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The image is clearly this Android tablet with an apple logo stuck on it, you can even see the icons all around the edges for every port

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Varedis nails it in one.

More importantly, around the writing is a white halo from the clone stamp
 
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ironsienna

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Oct 28, 2010
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I hope MacRumors show some professionalism and post an update indicating that the report is fake, on this really bad written article the sooner possible.

I wonder what else are they going to think to increase their page views. I am not referring of course to the MacRumors, but to the guys that stuck the apple sticker on the back of this tablet...
 
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ironsienna

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Oct 28, 2010
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On the same tone:

That's the real iPad 3. I have some extremely well informed Apple internal sources. The new iPad will feature dual 3G antenna on the shape of ear piercing, increased IQ and will be able to shake itself in it's own music beat by attaching the headphones to it's new ear shaped stereo microphones… Furthermore, instead of a screen on the rear side it will feature a customisable "Smart Face"® attached with magnets to perfectly fit the new Assistant feature. You will be able to ask it questions such as: "How big Apple fun boy I am??" or "How much of an idiot I am spending my time looking on fake Apple imitations on net?". To respond to such questions, it will spit you on your face and scream "Sucker" and then it will burp...

:D

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BillyBobBongo

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I hope MacRumors show some professionalism and post an update indicating that the report is fake, on this really bad written article the sooner possible.

What I hope is that in future MacRumors spends more time investigating the sources and validity of these tips/leaks before diving headfirst in to an article.
 
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yourmother

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Jun 23, 2009
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Seeing the way the back is shaped and how there is no camera on the back. I would think this an iPad 1 prototype more likely than an iPad 3 prototype.

Apple is pushing facetime heavily so they arent going to take away a feature in a future product.
 
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ironsienna

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Oct 28, 2010
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Seeing the way the back is shaped and how there is no camera on the back. I would think this an iPad 1 prototype more likely than an iPad 3 prototype.

Apple is pushing facetime heavily so they arent going to take away a feature in a future product.

You really didn't bother reading the previous posts I guess..
 
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RazorSharp69

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Sep 25, 2011
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

Or that bulge looking shadow could be someone's shotty photoshop skills.
 
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jmpnop

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Aug 8, 2010
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This really doesn't make sense. Why would Apple remove camera on the 3rd gen which they introduced in 2nd gen?
 
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