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Third-gen iPad larger battery, repositioned camera confirmed

by on12 February 2012


Smaller logic board, more room for battery

Last month, we reported that sources close to Bloomberg had claimed Apple's third-generation iPad would feature a quad-core ARM Cortex processor, a Retina Display similar to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and a 4G LTE radio compatible with both AT&T and Verizon's next-generation wireless networks. While all three of these speculative features are founded upon baseless rumors, we have reason to believe that only the 4G LTE rumor holds credible evidence as discovered by BoyGeniusReport via an anonymous tipster at PhoneArena.

In an attempt to discover as much solid empirical evidence as possible, we discovered some images of the interior of the third-generation iPad's rear shell and formulated some logical inductions based upon the findings. Based on our discovery, it appears that the third-generation tablet will include more internal physical space for a higher capacity battery. Based on images leaked from RepairLabs, the width of space for the logic board in the third-generation iPad casing is much smaller than the current iPad 2, allowing for more room to fit a denser and physically larger Lithium-Ion Polymer (Li-Po) battery. Moreover, the new casing design supports claims that the third-generation device will indeed be able to accomodate a larger battery.

ipad2 vs ipad3 rear casing

Source: RepairLabs

The images also reveal that the LCD mounting system has been redesigned. Whether or not the third-generation iPad will have a Retina Display with 2560 x 1536 or similar pixel resolution has yet to be confirmed. The finished product has yet to be signed off, but it seems clear that Apple will be implementing all-new IPS panels for these tablets.

Lastly, the images show that the device's camera lens positioning seems closer to the top-right edge than the iPad 2, suggesting either a new CMOS sensor entirely or simply a repositioning of the current sensor technology.

Nevertheless, we expect Apple will formally announce its plans in early March as it did with its second-generation tablet. The iPad 2 was announced on March 2, 2011 and made available the following Friday on March 11, 2011. We expect a similar announcement and release strategy for the third-generation device.

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