Report of Hands-On with iPad 3 Rear Shell and Other Components

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iLounge, which just last week updated its claims regarding details of the next-generation iPad with mention of improved cameras, today reports that it has viewed what appear to be at least prototype parts for the device.

    The parts, which seem to include the rear shell and front glass bezel, reportedly corroborate iLounge's earlier claims of an almost imperceptibly thicker body and an upgraded iPhone-like rear camera.
    iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz reports that some accessory manufacturers are claiming that the iPad 3 will come with a slightly smaller screen, but a front glass bezel seen by Horwitz fails to support that notion. Otherwise, the locations of all external features of the iPad 3 remain identical to those on the iPad 2.


    Previous leak of claimed iPad 3 display

    Horwitz cautions that the rear shell part he was able to view seems to have been produced at least six months ago and thus may not represent the final design for the next-generation iPad, which he notes could be called the iPad 3 or perhaps some variation on the iPad 2 name. But the parts do apparently support iLounge's existing claims of Apple's design tweaks for the next-generation iPad, which many are expecting to debut around March of this year.

    Article Link: Report of Hands-On with iPad 3 Rear Shell and Other Components
  2. veddies13 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    Surprised no one has kicked around the S yet...

    iPad 2S?
  3. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
  4. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Could be an equisitely timed attempt to draw clicks to their CES coverage.
  5. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    So unfortunately, we still know very little. If this is indeed a prototype shell from over 6 months ago, than everything can happen regarding design when Apple announces the iPad 3.

    First if was reported that the dual led bar required some extra space (thus the 1 mm extra), but later on it was also reported that they solved the issue and that the next generation iPad will indeed be thinner.

    Well, my hopes are up for a great iPad launch with retina display. :)
  6. adildacoolset, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    I think its a prototype that failed, like the iPhone 5. I doubt that the thicker design will be allowed through, and especially since there are new tablet makers boasting thinner designs. I don't think that this will go through. But even if it was thicker, I would like it. That means that it would pack more goodness, and a larger surface area for a good tablet.
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Riiiight. Some 3rd party manufacturers are claiming a slightly smaller screen just like they claimed the iPhone 4S would be tapered with a bigger screen.

    AFAIC a smaller screen (if there is just one size as I assume there will be) is a fail, but I don't think Apple would do that so no worries. The improvements I need to see though are better resolution and lighter weight. I don't really care about improved camera quality or if it's slightly thicker.
  8. adildacoolset, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Lol, apple haters are haters. When they launch a phone, they want it to be bigger. When they launch a tablet, they want it to be smaller. And the companies that are making their stuff are converting phones to tablets, and tablets to phones. Just popped up into my head
  9. inickcullum macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2012
    Seen this on Podcast,
    Might be my first iPad if it looks & beats all the other tablets who like to copy apple
  10. Meandmunch macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    I know it is incredibly superficial but adding even one millimeter will not be acceptable. We are still in the middle of the "thin is in" race. Other manufacturers are shaving away at those millimeters Apple will be expected to do so as well.
  11. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    My only concern is whether or not it will have a retina display.
  12. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Exactly, that must have been a dual light bar prototype, before they put IGZO. Remember, there used to be rumours about them considering dual light bar or dual sets on a single chip. They must have demoed each one and trailed. Then hopefully IGZO was the answer.
  13. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    who cares if it's 1MM thicker. Apple still has better software and a better ecosystem as well as better support and a better looking product.

    let's see "other manufacturers" get that down pact.
  14. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Some part of me is starting to doubt the next iPad will have a retina display...
  15. justinfreid macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    Rings true to me

    I think the parts indicate what the shipping product will be like, unless in the intervening 6 months they've been able to figure out a way to shave another milometer off the size.
    I believe the camera will be better and the retina display will make it's way onto the device and think it's likely the current iPad 2 will stick around at a lower price point.
  16. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I suppose no dramatic changes to the form factor are expected.

    Surprised that Jeremy Horwitz is reporting this though, iLounge has been around for a while and I assume have a good relationship with Apple. I always thought Apple were quite touchy about leaks.
  17. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    I need to know if it will blend!
  18. GunZi macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
    iPad 2S/3

    i dont care whats in the new ipad, as long as it's upgraded in some way ill buy it :)
    btw im gonna get my first ipad.
  19. wizard macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    Funny nobody I know complains about iPads thickness.

    Given the right components, that is a high resolution display and a SoC to drive it I don't think anybody will complain. If they have an enhanced battery all the better.

    Speaking of which I suspect that changes to the battery would be the only real reason to make the iPad thicker. Light bars for the display could easily be engineered around. The only other possibility I could see would be a significantly enhanced logic board ideally supporting more flash chips.

  20. scoobydoo99 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2003
    so cal
    They don't have to shave "another millimeter" off the size for this prototype to be wrong - they just have to avoid ADDING a millimeter. :rolleyes:
  21. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    omg by a milimeter. scancal. shocking indeed. how will i ever carry it. its peobably gonna weight a ton. #sarcasm
  22. psxp macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    please include the following in iPad 3

    * SD Card Reader
    * Hi Res (720p) Front Facing Camera for Skype calls
    * Hi-res display
    * more memory
  23. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I must say that the photo in the news story took my breath away. I couldn't be more moved and excited. Any way to get a large, framed version? :rolleyes: :D
  24. Slurpy2k8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    The last 3 will happen. The 1st won't.
  25. Darlo770, Jan 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012

    Darlo770 macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2010
    iPad 2S?

    I have this horrible feeling it's going to be the iPad 2S released in March, with a retina screen but Dual-Core (higher clock speed) to drive that new display (not a Quad-Core yet). I just want somebody to say a dual-core technically couldn't drive a retina display that large. Could it? :( This would be Apple down to a tee, saving the quad-core for the iPad 4 (and it's 'major hardware upgrades' rumoured recently).

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