A number of components reportedly destined for Apple’s third-generation iPad have surfaced today, strengthening claims that the new device will boast a high-resolution Retina Display from Sharp, a much-improved rear facing camera, and a new 30-pin dock connector.
The components were obtained by iLab Factory, which found after receiving them that they all fit together perfectly. It would appear that they are all from the same device, which is believed to be an iPad 3 prototype.
The display pictured in the image above is a Sharp panel that features a resolution of 2048 x 1536. In comparison, the iPad 2’s resolution is just 1024 x 768, while the resolution of a high-definition Blu-ray film is just 1920 x 1080. If the rumors are true, then this is going to be some tablet display.
The iPad 3 back panel, pictured below, looks much the same as the back panel currently featured on the iPad 2. However, iLab Factory reports that it is just over 1mm thicker, which is likely to make room for the new display — and possibly a new camera. As you’ll notice from the photos, the camera hole in the new panel is different to that of the old one.
The rear panel also features the same screw hole alignment that was first seen on iPad 3 parts that leaked last week.
While these leaked components certainly aren’t a guarantee for Apple’s upcoming iPad, they are a strong indication of what we can expect from the new device. With so many surfacing in recent weeks — all of which have been largely the same — we have a good idea what the iPad 3 will bring.
That includes a new Retina Display (finally!), much-improved cameras, a faster processor, and possibly a better battery. However, the device is likely to sport the same design as the iPad 2.
Will you be pleased if that’s how Apple’s next iPad turns out?