Monday, March 05, 2012

The iPad 3 exterior 'pieced' together

Apple's veil of secrecy is hard, if not impossible to piece, but a China-based blog claims to have gotten its hands on pieces of the iPad 3's exterior, enough to assemble a facsimile of the next generation Apple tablet.

M.I.C. Gadget, a China-based blog, said it had obtained the front glass, rear shell, and some third-party cases for the iPad 3.

By placing the front glass and rear shell together, they and we, get a pretty good idea of how the iPad 3 (or as some believe it will be called, the iPad HD) will appear. As expected, the next-gen iPad will be slightly more tapered, slightly thicker, and sport a larger camera lens.

In addition, with the front glass of the device, the site could confirm, as we expected, that the iPad 3 / HD will continue to have a home button. The image of the iPad in the event invitation (shown above) was made with the device in landscape mode, so that the home button would appear missing, fueling speculation that Apple would ditch the only real button on the device, something rumored early last year.

Then, as now, we believed Apple wouldn't make the move, as it would mean that multi-touch gestures would be required to return to the home screen, something that would virtually eliminate the ability of newbies to pick up the iPad and use it without instruction.

The site was also able to confirm the current Smart Covers work with the new iPad. The site's own sources confirmed that the price points of the iPad 3 would not change from current pricing.

They could not, however, confirm that the new iPad will sport a retina display (2,048 x 1,536).

In addition, the site could not confirmed the rumored internal changes to the device: 1GB RAM, Apple A5X processor, LTE support, and so on. In fact, M.I.C. Gadget believes that the fact that Apple has managed to keep the price points consistent with the current model implies that LTE support will not be added to the iPad 3.

One other thing that can't be verified by these internal components: the addition of Siri to the iPad 3. Thus far, the iPhone 4S is the only device to support Siri.

You can watch an overview video of the iPad 3, below.

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