updated 05:25 pm EST, Fri November 18, 2011
Claim details iPad 3, iPhone 5, MacBook Pro detail
An as yet unconfirmed rumor has outlined minor but significant details of Apple's 2012 roadmap. The tip to iLounge had the iPad 3's dual LED backlight leading to a rare increase in an Apple's device thickness, by 0.7mm (0.03in). The thickness would still keep it thinner than the original iPad but would show a sacrifice to get the rumored 2048x1536 display, whose density would reduce the amount of outbound light without the extra LED.
As expected, it would ship in March, and might be introduced in January "depending on conditions," the source said.
The claim also described a fifth-generation iPhone unlike either the since disproven design or the iPhone 4S. It would grow to a four-inch display and have a metal casing, but it wouldn't go for the "teardrop" design mentioned before. Apple would make the design 8mm (0.3in) taller to get to the bigger screen.
Apple would go back to its summer schedule after this year's delay, but that still meant the next iPhone was in mid-development. It's presumed, but not known, that it would be the first LTE iPhone.
The thinner MacBook Pro was coming in 2012, the rumor added, although very little else was mentioned.
While all of the claims have a past history, they come from an uncertain source and are all early. As such, even if accurate, details could change by the time any of the products reach stores. The iPad 3's lighting details have been detailed and repeated enough in rumors to suggest at least some plausibility.