High-res Sharp display, backplate and dock connector get assembled into a slightly thicker iPad 3

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.

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. meetmadzky

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Shouldn't this iPad better to be called iPad 2S?

3. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

The iPad 2 did differ less from its "parent gadget", than the iPad 3 does. Should the iPad 2 be called iPad 1S...? It did never chance much, actually.

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

how can you say that, when the ipad 3 hasnt been announced yet? no official specs, nothing.

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i keep thinking of the samsung super bowl commercial. "if it looks the same, how will anyone know i upgraded?" sure the ipad has a good design, but switch it up apple.

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that commercial showed the ignorance on the competition... the iphone 4s is design for the owners of the iphone 3GS . the iphone 4 owners shouldn't upgrade to the 4S...

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"the iphone 4 owners shouldn't upgrade to the 4S". OMGROFLMAO sorry troll im not your friend, and I AM NOT GOING TO FEED YOU!

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

too late you already did... thanks.. and yes you are not my friend... you are too dumb,, sorry...

14. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Lol I guess I'll be the one to feed you ;) Your saying that one Samsung commercial showed ignorance? Hmm well let me make an example of all those apple commercials about Mac against PC, wait, let me guess...that isn't considered "ignorance on the competition" One more thing, you're calling Samsung ignorant? That they don't know? if it wasn't for Samsung, there would be no iPhone. And in turn Apple sues Samsung, that is ignorance.

7. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I think you all are missing the point about iterative updates. Apple isn't going to come out with a revolutionary iPad every single year. If they did, they would call it by a different name, not iPad. Each year you can expect incremental upgrades (e.g., better battery life, higher resolution screen, higher viewing angles, better camera, maybe a couple new features).

8. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apple just keep makin minor spec boost each year don't matter if they throw and S or 3 on it. Either way them crazies gonna be lined up outside to get it.smh

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's funny how minor upgrades always brings Apple on par with its competitors. What does that tell you about the competition?

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

realistically this is the ipad 2 as the last actual ipad 2 should really have been called the ipad 1s. Seeing as apple hasn't done this then this forthcoming ipad should be called the ipad 2s as its basically the ipad 2 with a higher res screen but will no doubt be claiming to changing everything again. Confusing with the names but the exact same tablet being released year after year and selling as if its the first of its kind by ifans upgrading from each model is equally puzzling

11. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Ha! ill still with my Asus Transformer.

12. uudayy

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2009

Can anyone confirm what the resolution will be. This looks like the BIG change in the specs from ipad2?

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