So the iPad 3 is heading our way with a Retina-like display. That we know. But questions still remain. In particular: how much of a size difference will there be between the upcoming iPad and its predecessor? There’s been plenty of speculation suggesting the difference would be negligible, and seeing recent photos of the iPad 2 and iPad 3 rear shells side by side revealed that this would very much be the case.
New photos spotted by Apple.pro show what is purported to be yet another rear iPad 3 shell, but this time, it’s being precisely measured with a digital caliper to once and for all put the thickness question to rest. While the designs look almost identical, the measurements clearly show the upcoming iPad has added some extra girth to its frame, most likely for the better screen, upgraded camera and bigger battery. According to the comparison photo, the iPad 3 comes in at a still svelte 9.50mm, while the current iPad 2 is at 8.69mm. That’s a difference of only 0.81mm.
MacRumors rightly points out that what’s being measured doesn’t tell the whole story. With a screen in tact, the iPad 2 officially comes in at 8.8mm, per Apple’s specs. That means the iPad 3 will also size up a bit more than the measured 9.50mm, but not by much. In all, we’ll probably see about a 9 percent difference between the two which I’d guess won’t be a noticeable difference at all.
Update: There is an obvious error in the above photo. The decimal point in the added text is off by a factor of ten, so no, the iPad 3 won’t be a huge beast. The readings on the caliper, however, are correct.
[via Mac Rumors]