High-res Sharp display, backplate and dock connector get assembled into a slightly thicker iPad 3
Oh, the great lengths people go to determine the design of upcoming gadgets! Someone actually put together the parts for the iPad 3 that leaked last week, like the back panel and screen connector, and paired them with a Sharp display to arrive at what it says on the label.
The connector in the last leak we saw the previous week, had Sharp stamped on it, and allegedly could be paired with a high-res 9.7" display from the Japanese.
That is precisely what the folks at iLab Factory tried to do - they obtained the said high-resolution LCD panel from Sharp, the back plate with an Apple logo, and threw in a leaked iPad 3 30-pin dock connector. All three slid in like pieces of a Lego puzzle, and the assemblymen found out that the backplate of the iPad 3 is only slightly thicker, at barely over a millimeter.
The screws of the back panel were placed at different spots than those on the iPad 2, actually aligning with the Sharp LCD display the iLab Factory folks got, and the new dock connector also lined up with the back panel's openings. The iPad 3 is supposed to be unveiled the first week of March at Apple's usual event in San Francisco.