updated 11:00 pm EST, Mon February 20, 2012
Next iPad 3 leak fills in minor details
One more new scoop has hoped to fill in the seemingly few remaining details of the third-generation iPad. A MIC Gadget "confirmed" example of the new iPad's back casing was put in a direct comparison with the iPad 2 and provided more details than recent leaks as to how it would compare: other than a more pronounced taper at the edges and a very slightly deeper 1-1.5mm thickness, the design was virtually identical to that of the outgoing tablet. It was close enough that some third-party cases could still work, the site found.
While there wasn't direct confirmation that the bezel was narrower, the photos did show a thinner layer of plastic. It's possible the back shell here didn't yet include another layer and the new display.
The site went on to fill in what it understood for other details. Capacities would stay the same at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, they said, implying that the 2048x1536 display and other changes didn't provide room for a capacity increase. A look at the rear camera lens clearly showed that it was bigger and that an upgrade was likely, although the outlet speculated that it wasn't an eight-megapixel camera due to the already high production costs.
The mainboard with an A5X processor was questioned as well with the implication that it might be a prototype rather than the final product with an A6. With a production schedule in mid-November, that remains a possibility but isn't as likely given that Apple would have had to commit to full-scale production at that late stage.
Other assertions partly cast the rumor in doubt. It still insisted that Apple had originally wanted the new iPad to be unveiled on February 24, the late Steve Jobs' birthday, but now purported that the manufacturing crunch created by the Lunar New Year holiday week in January had dictated the new March 7 date. The site also resurrected the idea of a seven-inch iPad that would look like the iPad 3 but cost under $400 with a fall release. If accurate at all, the source may have interpreted key aspects badly; historically more accurate publications have talked of an eight-inch iPad instead.
A check of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple's so far only venue for iPad introductions, had a calendar for March 7 with no events in the main hall that would rule out an Apple event.