iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 casing 1

The latest iPad 3 casing shots finally compare the new panel with that already featured on the iPad 2 to demonstrate just how much thicker the third-generation device will be. While the difference is only around 1—1.5mm, you can see from these images that it’s certainly noticeable.

iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 casing

The latest panel was obtained by M.I.C. Gadget, and like all the others that have leaked up to this point, it sports a slightly different design to its predecessor. While you may not notice the changes at a glance, they become obvious when you compare the new panel with the existing one.

Unlike the sharper taper on the iPad 2’s rear casing, the taper on the iPad 3’s panel is a little more gradual, as you can see in the image above. This is likely to make room for that bigger battery which will be needed to power the device’s high-resolution Retina Display, and the larger camera component, which is expected to be an 8-megapixel shooter.

The larger camera will also need a larger lens, which is demonstrated clearly in the shot below.

iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 camera

The third-generation iPad is expected to get its grand unveiling on March 7, and in addition to a Retina Display the much-improved camera, it will reportedly feature a new processor and possibly even LTE connectivity.

Are you looking forward to the iPad 3?

[via MacRumors]