updated 01:10 am EST, Sun February 19, 2012
iPad 3 may take big leap in camera tech
Another alleged sighting of the iPad 3 back casing and internals has lent incidental support to rumors that the new Apple tablet could have an eight-megapixel camera. Conducting one of the few direct comparisons between old and new, Taiwan's Apple Daily showed both a conspicuously larger rear lens and maintained that it would have an eight-megapixel camera. It also asserted that the anticipated A6 upgrade would be a quad-core chip, although contradictory stories have mentioned a faster dual-core chip in its place.
The lone full shot of the purported iPad 3 case back showed a possibly steeper taper than on the iPad 2, although whether this was to minimize a slightly thicker body or other factors wasn't apparent. Much of everything else, down to the volume rocker and single speaker, was virtually identical.
Other publications have referred to multi-carrier LTE support and have gotten into more detail of the Retina Display screen, which should be a 2048x1536 panel in the same 9.7-inch size.
Although appearing here to be drawing on existing rumors rather than its own contacts, the daily paper supported talk of a March 7 introduction. Some now expect the in-store date to be March 16, since it would fit a pattern of Apple shipping new iOS devices the Friday of the week following an unveiling.