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Reporter claims to have seen next-gen iPad: slightly thicker, higher-res screen, little visual change

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Reporter claims to have seen next-gen iPad: slightly thicker, higher-res screen, little visual change
The next-gen iPad is a mystery we don’t expect Apple will easily reveal up until the official announcement, but Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge claims to have already held one. We wouldn’t be that willing to believe him if he wasn’t the first one to get an early peek at the iPad 2 shell last year.

Horwitz says he saw the next-gen iPad and he could even show a picture, but there was practically no noticeable change in the visuals. The new iPad could easily go for an iPad 2S - it’s reportedly only 1mm thicker. The camera hole is also allegedly bigger than the one on the second iPad - as big as the one on the iPhone 4S. But overall, you’d still be able to fit most of the accessories on the new iPad and that includes cases. Only those designed to tight fit the iPad 2 could have an issue working with the new Apple tablet.

It seems that, just as most reports agree on, the biggest change in the next-gen iPad will be a better screen resolution. Horowitz says that the screen itself should be the same size, but points out some reports have claimed that it could also be slightly smaller.

The reported finishes with a disclaimer - he mentions that the design he saw was probably a couple of months old and could well date to the middle of 2011, so changes could have been made. Here’s his brief summation of the new iPad:

While it would be exciting to lead with a sensational “I touched the iPad 3!” headline, I feel obliged to mention a couple of things to put the information above in proper perspective. First, these changes are so modest that Apple could easily call this device the “iPad 2S” or “iPad 2HD” if it wanted to start the lettering game with its tablets. The screen and other major internal changes could collectively justify the “iPad 3” moniker, but we’ll see.

For the whole thing, hit the source link below and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts about the iPad 3 - could so little change keep Apple ahead in the waging tablet war?

source: iLounge via 9to5Mac

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 04:45 11

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Cool first and I DON'T CARE

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:41 5

14. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hmmmm.... this reminds me of another device that had hardly any upgrade and looked practically identical to it's predecessor.... what was that again. Oh ya, the iPhone4S. This must be Apple's thing, hardly change anything and charge up the butt for it.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:40 2

15. stealthd (Posts: 870; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Maybe they'll have some incentive to innovate once Android tablets stop utterly failing at market.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 01:24 2

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


cool bro for replying to a (sensless) comment with absolutely nothing to do with that comment..

and how exatcyl does the iphone cost a lot? to my understanding, many comparable android phones are 300 while the iphone is 200

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:14

19. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


The only reason Android devices are so expensive is to compensate for how little money carriers are making off of the iPhone. Apple has the largest profit margin over all other manufacturers.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 23:58

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha so? do i care why androids are expensive? no-- just that they are and iphone in comparison is not

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 06:59 8

6. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I'd like to see Prime vs iThing 3 :D

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 07:07 4

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I'd get the next gen iPad over anything else if it will surely get a high resolution screen. I'm an Android guy but let's be truth to ourselves, Tablets are mostly used by many primarily for games and second for browsing. iOS has better games than Android, though Android tablets are better when it comes to browsing. I'll get a tablet for gaming purposes. On the other hand, the Sony Tablet S has so much potential for being a Playstation Certified Device. It just needs more love from xda.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 07:17 2

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Nvidia qualcom and Intel are working into getting games .there might be 15 new titles coming in q2 form NVIDIA only so things might get a bit better

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 07:14 8

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sorry bud.... no photo or no video = me no believing in you

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 08:34 3

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5664; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The only difference is the screen still doesnt surprise me.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 11:20 3

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the ipad is perfect size... I just ask for a better resolution..and be a quadcore...

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:51 2

16. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Great article...no change at all for ipad3....thicker....thats it....now the ipad models are on the same path as the iphones...no change.....

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:53 1

17. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Sony S tablet...most under rated...best built tablet..check it out.

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