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iPad 3's whole shell put together ahead of launch

updated 11:10 am EST, Sun March 4, 2012

iPad 3 externals assembled in hint of future

Various part leaks for the next iPad came full circle on Sunday after a project successfully melded several parts together. MIC Gadget was able to get the front, back, and glass of the future Apple tablet assembled to prove that they were part of a cohesive design. As already suspected, the new iPad's case was just slightly thicker than its predecessor, although a more gradually tapered back could make it feel thinner in the hand.

The site further claimed to have support from its own sources that capacities and prices would remain intact. It cast doubt on the tablet having LTE due to possible cost hikes for the chipset, although this appeared to be more self-reinforcing speculation among those involved than a claim to knowledge. Historically reliable sources have pointed to LTE shipping with new iPads, not next year.

They did purportedly know that an Apple TV update was coming in tandem with the new iPad. It believed an A5X chip and not an A6 was coming, but it would be built on "lower nanometer manufacturing," most likely the 28-nanometer process from TSM. Such a shift to cooler, denser manufacturing would let Apple either go to a quad-core design or significantly higher clock speeds without sacrificing battery life or heat.

Some cases will require changes due to the altered back, the examination found, although a test with Apple's Smart Cover has suggested that it should work on the future iPad without problems.

While the internals of the next iPad have yet to be truly seen, despite the new leak briefly thinking it had X-rays of the shell, they're expected to mostly be a refinement of the iPad 2's design with more backlighting for the 2048x1536 display, new internal connectors, and other minor optimizations.









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  1. worksafe

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    Scanner

    When is the iPad going to be able to scan documents, since it looks like a scanner?

  1. The Vicar

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    Probably not much chance, but

    I would find it terribly amusing if it turned out that all these parts were somehow faked by Apple just to s**** with the rumor mill.

  1. Feathers

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    Thieves

    Why aren't the people who illicitly obtained these parts being arrested? It's also not just a case of potential theft but also securities fraud as a consequence of the possession of inside information. Are these people, like Gizmodo and the iPhone prototype, going to hide behind the fake cloak of "journalistic independence" ?

  1. andrewbw

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    You said it, Feathers

    While you may not be able to assign some significant dollar amount to the damage leaks like this cause Apple, the damage to their ability to stay ahead of the competition and innovate in such a cut-throat environment is immeasurable. It's the worst sort of selfish crime against our nation's greatest corporate asset and one of the only shining stars in a terrible downturn. If anything, MacNN deserves the full force of legal repercussions from profiteering off such brazen theft by re-publishing this story. Shame on their editors for continuing to publish illegal rumors, and I hope some day they *individually* suffer dearly (severe civil damages, or even prison time) as a result.

  1. climacs

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    andrewbw doesn't go far enough

    I think that the entire staff of MacNN needs to be castrated so that they won't reproduce a new generation of corporate secret disclosers.

    Then after they have been shuffled off to the SuperMax prison in CO, level their homes and salt the ground upon which they stood. That's my modest proposal.

  1. chas_m

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    Um ...

    Before you villagers run off with your torches and pitchforks, you DO understand that it was MIC Gadget ... and not MacNN ... that obtained these parts and put them together, right?

    If you're going to TP someone's house, it's probably a good idea to be sure you're going to the right house ...

  1. aristotles

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    Someone at Apple

    Someone at Apple or Foxconn deserves to be fired over these leaks. I would have thought that they would have included training for all new hires at any publicly traded company on company confidentiality, insider trading and basic company ethics. If you reveal information as an employee, contractor or as the employee of a supplier information which is not known to the public, you can be charged with insider trading even if you do not act upon it yourself.

  1. Pixelsmack

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    If Apple doesn't want leaks, build in America.

    Where you can sue their butts off and give folks some pause. At least that's what history has shown.

    The Apple faithful will pay increased price.

    OR...

    Apple cuts their profits a bit to do it. (Haaa! Right)

  1. igroucho

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    Sounds very un-Steve to me. Steve would have said "it can be done! Nothings inpossible!" If thicker this aint Steves babe.

  1. testudo

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    Hyperbole much?

    Why aren't the people who illicitly obtained these parts being arrested?

    And who says they were illegally obtained?

    It's also not just a case of potential theft but also securities fraud as a consequence of the possession of inside information.

    Wow, securities fraud now, huh? You don't even know if they own stock, bought stock, or sold stock, due to acquiring this information, but bust 'em anyway, right! I mean, you do need to show actual fraud before you can take them to court.

    Oh, and making the information public loses any sort of 'insider trading' since everyone has the information. Again, it's just if you profit from your deceit.

    Are these people, like Gizmodo and the iPhone prototype, going to hide behind the fake cloak of "journalistic independence" ?

    Damn fake cloaks! When will they get real ones!

    While you may not be able to assign some significant dollar amount to the damage leaks like this cause Apple, the damage to their ability to stay ahead of the competition and innovate in such a cut-throat environment is immeasurable.

    And everyone has to deal with it. Or don't you think there's leaks of everyone's stuff. It isn't just apple. And name a supposed leak that has given the competition any help? Everyone says there is no competition, so it doesn't seem like it's doing any good. And all the 'leaks' are rumors anyway, so how much is FUD and how much is real?

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