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Part for Apple iPad 4 leaks in advance of 'mini' announcement

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Part for Apple iPad 4 leaks in advance of 'mini' announcement
Comparing the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini (top) and iPad 4

Comparing the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini (top) and iPad 4

This coming week, Apple is expected to finally introduce the Apple iPad mini, a device we've heard about for years. At the same time, as we already mentioned, a "refreshed" third-gen Apple iPad is also to be announced at the October 23rd event. The changes include a faster A6 processor, the lightning adapter and global LTE support. Even though the Cupertino based tech titan has just refreshed the current iPad model, the air is already being filled with talk of the Apple iPad 4.

What is bringing on this talk is a picture of the lightning dock connector for the next build of Apple's tablet along with a picture of the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini. Looking at the huge difference between the two, we could assume (despite of what happens when you make an assumption) that Apple needed to redesign the part to add other components to the innards of the next tablet. That points to some new functionality or features for the Apple iPad 4. And while we are just about to see Apple take its first step into the low priced 7 inch tablet market, it is not too early for the company to start procuring parts for the next-gen model.

What features would you like to see Apple add to the Apple iPad 4? You can let us know by dropping your comments in the box below!

source: AppleMuseumTaiwan via BGR

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posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:34 26

1. NAHEK (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Android..

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:55 8

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


lol that is awesome!!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:59 3

5. Hammerfest (Posts: 362; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Said in a sarcastic manner, but I would love to have Android on that display!

4:3 and 16:10 are my aspect ratios, screw 16:9

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 18:52 1

23. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


OMG!
This is revolutionarily...BORING!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 19:04 3

25. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


NFC should be included.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:37 24

2. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I want Apple to become bankrupt soon

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:09 3

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


not bankrupt but a new face!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:47 5

10. sarb009 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


amen!!!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:50 2

11. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 93; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


i want apple to sue android for stolen ideas..

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:55 13

14. Zero0 (Posts: 571; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Ideas can't be stolen.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 16:31 2

16. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


then why does tommy cry when suzy copies his drawing and shows it to their mum as her own ?

I think you get the idea.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 23:57 1

30. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Ideas CAN be stolen. Matter fact, ideas are stolen everyday.

And yes, of course is dif. than ideas being copied. Two dif. things.

So ideas can be copied and can also be stolen.

Good enough for you?

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 17:51

34. Zero0 (Posts: 571; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Okay, ideas can be stolen. If I make a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Disney has a right to sue me (unless it's fair use, and one can argue that Mickey's copyright should have expired decades ago, but I digress). If I'm writing an essay on Hamlet and quote a professor, I should cite the professor. If I want to build a speaker, I should pay for whatever patents I use.

Generally, software should be an exception to the patent system. There might be some situations where it's rational to offer a patent (some kind of groundbreaking algorithm), but in many instances, software patents are just a matter of certain companies wasting money to describe obvious ideas, and then gaining the right to sue over them.

So while plagiarism is real, we need to kind of throw all that stuff aside in software. If someone patented every little feature of a PC, PCs would either be incredibly expensive, or they would have few features.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 21:51 2

27. VJo003 (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


U should sue the one who stole ur brain

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 16:41 5

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6142; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


YES PLEASE APPLE GO BANKRUPT or at least let your stock fall. U CAN'T CONTROL THE MARKET like you invented it

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:57 11

4. VebbX (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


I prefere Windows 8 Pro tablets...

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:09 7

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Honestly. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple added a 8MP iSight camera to the "iPad 4" just so they can make The New iPad owners upgrade.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 23:35 1

29. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


It's funny that how Apple give names to their products and features.

-iSight for a simple camera

-Facetime for front camera

-they even showed off proudly the blue sapphire coloured camera lens cover in iphone 5 thinking that they have invented the Blue colour!!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 00:22 1

31. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


So you call every device that Apple makes and releases an upgrade and make fun of it like a little kid you know cuz thats how you think or in fact might just be a little boy... Anyway, enough of that and lets go forward..

-Samsung Galaxy -Apple iPhone 4
Good Hardware Good Hardware

-Samsung Galaxy 2 -Apple iPhone 4S
Dif. Design & Better Hardware Same Design & Better Hardware

-Samsung Galaxy 3 -Apple iPhone 5
Dif. Design & Better Hardware Dif. Design & Better Hardware

All these phones have Dif. Hardware compared with one another- So if a company like Apple decides to keep the same design and only change the hardware to make it a better device THEN that's their choice. People buy a 4S because fyi it is better than the 4 by a mile. Those who had the 4 and upgraded to a 4s know the dif. just as if you had a Galaxy 2 and upgraded to the Galaxy 3.

Am i lost? - Hello...... Hellooooo.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 01:02 1

32. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Has anyone said that the iPhone 5 does not offer anything above the 4S? The thing is it doesn't offer anything above the S3 or the NL920, feature wise, but almost everything is upgraded over the 4S. Design wise, not so much, the 5 is basically an elongated 4S with a dual-toned back.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:43 5

8. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)


No Jailbreak, no Apple.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:46 7

9. sarb009 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


screw apple and is**ts

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:51 1

12. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 93; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


if you were trying to be funny, you completely failed..

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 16:16 9

15. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


If you were trying to be relevant You failed

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 18:23 1

22. sarb009 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


@gregorry ya i failed but u did pass the sheeeep test

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 18:57 1

24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Its funny and degrading and the truth.®©

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:54 1

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I don't see how two different cables equals new features. Its just two different models.

My nexus 7 will last me until the ipad 6 with revolutionary microusb is released.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 16:32 4

17. PAPINYC (Posts: 2189; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Oh WOW, a new conector!! Someone get me a sedative, I'm too excited. Leave it up to BGR (Big Girls Round-up) to uncover iNsiGniFiCance; they make PhoneArena seem like All Things Android with their countless barrage of iStories.

Has Jonathan gained anymore weight?

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 16:40 5

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6142; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


why get so excited over a new ipad it's still going to look the same year after year.and pretty soon it will called THE NEWER IPAD not the ipad 4 or the new ipad

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 17:12 2

20. rusticguy (Posts: 2820; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Apple is 2 years behind in race with Android now.
What would this new pad be called? Coccaine or Grass? They call the other thing "Lightning" so who knows next we hear Coccaine, Grass and LSD models :D

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 17:13 1

21. topseeded (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


I hoping for a fingerprint reader and an NFC chip.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 21:33

26. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


"And while we are just about to see Apple take its first step into the low priced 7 inch tablet market"

MORE iPHONEARENA PROPAGANDA! It's rumored to start around $330, hardly a "low priced 7 inch tablet". Just more bias and hype. Now I'll probably get the ban hammer for speaking against the all and powerful apple corp.

-Daddysbeenabadgril

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 23:11

28. BigBoss10 (Posts: 215; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


LOOOOOOLLLLL!!!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 01:16 1

33. xfire99 (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Hmm, have I come to wrong sites and this is Apple fan sites? Every little thing about Apple and just had to bring it up. Woman get rob, ipad mini bla bla bla etc.... and now this. A small part of a connector and really have to bring it up, really?
What next?
BREAKING NEWS!!! Tim Cook got sick and cant go to work for 1 day???
A cat using Ipad mini as scratch pad!!!

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