Photo of Apple iPad 3 casing leaks; no quad-core and thicker body for larger battery

Photo of Apple iPad 3 casing leaks; no quad-core and thicker body for larger battery
The Apple iPad 3 is the subject of some interesting speculation. According to The Verge, the A6 processor under the hood of the tablet will not be quad-core, but will offer speedier dual-core performance with a "significantly more powerful" graphics core. Even if the A6 is dual-core, it should still have a faster clock speed than what was seen on the A5. With reports of quad-core support on the iPad 3 possibly getting shot down by this report, there is still the hope that the tablet will have LTE connectivity. Talk that the next Apple iPad will have a dual-core processor dovetails with information we recently passed along that the next Apple tablet will not be the iPad 3 but will instead be the Apple iPad 2S.

A leaked picture of what is allegedly the casing of the Apple iPad 3 appeared on the Repair Labs Blog next to the casing for the current model. While both look similar, the iPad 3 casing is a bit thicker to accommodate what is expected to believe a larger battery, re-designed logic board, new cameras and an updated display on the upcoming model. Speaking of the display, The Verge says it will be a Retina display with resolution of 2048 x 1536 and the iPad 3's body will be one millimeter thicker than the body of the iPad 2.

The letters on the picture of the two casings show differences between the one for the Apple iPad 2 (L) and the one for the Apple iPad 3 (R). "A" shows the difference mounts between the two for the logic board. The re-designed logic board requires less room on the newer tablet and that allows for a larger battery on the iPad 3, which is noted with letter "B". "C" stands for camera and the new model is expected to have a new shooter. The different mount for the screen at "D" dovetails with talk of a new (hopefully higher resolution) display for the next Apple iPad.

So when might we see the launch of the Apple iPad 3? Considering that this year is a leap year, there will be a 29th of February. This year, the extra day falls on a Wednesday which is the day that the first two iPads were introduced on. Last year, the Apple iPad 2 was introduced on March 2nd and launched on March 11th. The Verge daydreams about having the latest Apple tablet announced on February 29th and launched on the weekend of March 9th, 2012.

source: TheVerge, RepairLabsBlog via electronista

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  • 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

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55 Comments

1. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Good for Apple lovers, I will wait till Tegra 3 is offered in the range of 250 dollars but more importantly for a device running Win 8.

5. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Should get a x86 chip for Win8, that way you can use all the legacy applications and desktops in their original form

7. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

There are recent reports x86 apps will run on win8 in arm mode... Cross fingers.

10. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

that would be sick!

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

No Quad Core Lololol

3. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No quad core is a shame, yet this thing will probably have massive sales just because its an iPad. :O

12. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

As it should. Quad core would be merely a gimmick to apple as the iPad runs perfectly with a dual core. And no i'm not an apple fan.

46. trumpet116

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah, but it's almost exactly the same...thicker, actually. Anyone who replaces their iPad 2 would be a ridiculous fanboy.

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm sure it'll be plenty fast. Don't forget the iPhone 4s is only clocked at 1ghz and it's faster than some of those 1.5ghz phones.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the 4S is clocked at 800MHz and the only reason it's a little snappier than the cream of the crop running Android is because iOS is more simple and is more efficient resourcefully albeit less resourceful than what you get from Android being a true multitasking and extremely customizable platform.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

darn it KK, you beat me to it. fine.. uhhh. what he said!! lol

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The more simple argument in regards to speed only recently sprung about when the 4S released and beat all the current Android devices at the time. And so to make you guys feel better you guys rationalized (like you're all so good at doing) and used "oh it's because iOS is so simple" as an excuse If you remove all widgets and do a browser test, you'd get the same results. Unless you're downloading news feeds or weather information, then the results should be the same. And look online. In most videos they clear everything like cookies and cache and even running applications on both devices making things like "true multitasking" irrelevant

24. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Well here's my question about your tests, are you using the same browser? Cause if you're using different Browsers it could create unfair advantages in terms of what it chooses to load. For example, if a website has a flash ad, it won't load on safari but it will on stock Android. And of course doing it over WiFi. GNex has an advantage over iPhone 5 in benchmark and it's faster in some tests done. The reason i4s beat Android was because of it's superior Browser software, now that ICS brings a much better software, it beats the iPhone. And for people saying Quad-Core isn't important or whatever, you must not like Multi-tasking because that's what improves with a higher multi-core.

28. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well the browsers are not the same, but that's usually the tool that's used most often to compare. I didn't come up with it, but that's what has been used for years, although I agree with you. When people say X phone is faster than Y, its usually based on the browsing speed. And aside from browser speeds, I'm seeing minimal difference in the huge increases in processor. The samsung galaxy ii is not that much better than the Droid X lag wise, and this is coming from personal experience/use. With a 1.5 ghz dual core processor, I expected perfection, but that's definitely not what I got. I also don't think Quad-core is a gimmick. But with that said, I don't think its that big of a deal. Dual cores is a nice speed upgrade, but it isn't crazy good. In the end, I still stand by what I said. "I'm sure it'll be plenty fast." I don't think there's much to pick at that statement. After owning the SII for a while, these specs really mean nothing to me. Buy the device you want and evaluate it yourself. If it's not fast enough/smooth enough, then return it.

32. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That's largely because of the fact that they're running on the same OS, if you have an Android 2.3 on 2 devices even with better specs the different won't be giant all the time. But the difference between Quad Core and Dual Core is in the complexities of what they can handle. They will handle a single task at whatever the processor speed is but start adding more tasks the more cores equal a better result,

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

wow..nobody is ever going to take you seriously ever now that you've said the Galaxy S II isn't better than a Droid X lag-wise. xD

51. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I didn't say it wasn't better. I said it isn't that much better (you see the difference now? Don't put words in my mouth). Saying it isn't better at all would be a lie. I'm clearly acknowledging there was a difference, just not to the level anticipated. As for the processors, I'm confident that Exynos out-performs the Snapdragon. But with that said, most of the reviews online of the Skyrocket don't have too many negative things to say about the Snapdragon/Skyrocket. Before I bought the phone, I read many reviews and most all of them had good things to say. You can't say that the Skyrocket doesn't "count" because at the end of the day, Samsung released it and its one of AT&Ts flagship devices, so it "counts" very much. Somehow, I feel like we keep getting away form the point. The iPad 3 will be plenty fast. Simple. iPhone 4S is fast. Even the iPhone 4 is still pretty fast. I can't say this for sure because the device hasn't been released yet, but I think iPad 3 users will be pleased with their speed. My whole entire point, before we got into all this iOS vs Android and Snapdragon vs Exynos, is pay little (but some) attention to all the specific specs and buy the device you want to check it out yourselves.

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

cool story bro but you're still wrong, the Galaxy S II Exynos variants are leagues ahead of the Droid X in speed and power. xD i would never recommend a Skyrocket to anyone. if you bought a Skyrocket it was a stupid mistake and I have no sympathy for you. I just explained to you if you're going to go Android and go for a 4S level of smoothness you have to learn these things. the original Galaxy S II is the best buy on AT&T the processor performance more than makes up for the lack of LTE especially with AT&T's pathetic roll out of the network. yes, I agree it will be quite ridiculously fast but that's not enough to impress me with an Apple device as they're generally fast due to their simple OS.

54. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

lol, why would I want your sympathy? The skyrocket wasn't the stupid mistake, it was buying an Android device. If it makes you feel better, processor speed wasn't the only thing I was unimpressed by. Wow, you wouldn't want to buy iOS device, surprise surprise. I wasn't posting for you. It was for those who were using quad processors as a deciding factor for the iPad. iOS is more simple? Maybe. Is iOS better? I think so.

55. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

believe what you want to but you would've been so much better off with a Galaxy S II. trust me, i know. i'm sure whatever kind of processor the new iPad uses will be impressive but as long as it's powering the same ol' iOS it kind of puts a damp rag on all the excitement for it, at least for me. give us a new iOS that actually puts the power to better use and then they'll be cooking with grease.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im going to stop you right there. if you used a "galaxyS2 @ 1.5ghz stock clock", then it wasnt a galaxyS2. It was a hercules/skyrocket, which uses a crapdragon chip. The only true galaxyS2 uses a 1.2ghz EXYNOS chip, which is much faster and stronger than the crapdragon @1.5ghz and the 1.0ghz OMAP thats in the droidX. Dont say you have compared,when you were using the wrong phone. :)

47. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm not using the wrong phone. I used the Galaxy SII skyrocket. It's still a SII device. Just because it's not the phone you would have liked me to use doesn't mean it's wrong. And you just prove my point even more. Numbers don't matter. The skyrocket at 1.5 ghz is not that much more fluid than a 1.0 ghz droid X and a 1.2 ghz Galaxy SII is, according to you, much better than a 1.5 ghz SII Skyrocket.

48. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Skyrocket doesn't count, it uses a trash Crapdragon. the S3 is leagues behind the A5. smarter Android enthusiests know this. that's like comparing an iPhone 4 to an Exynos powered Galaxy S II and I assure you an Exynos powered SII is quite noticeably smoother than an S3 powered one. the iPhone uses a better SoC than most phones period. it can be lower clocked however because iOS doesn't require it to be clocked higher. on Android it does, even for phones with comparable SoCs. I commend Apple for their hardware even though most of the credit goes to Samsung. it doesn't even matter though because it's the smarter Android users that truly prosper over iOS users because we have Droid Razrs, Galaxy S IIs and Galaxy Nexuses and their hardware compensates for lag typical from Android devices.

34. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

of course i welcome quad-cores however give me the choice between an A9 quad-core and an A15 dual-core I'd choose the ladder.

36. yingcong6

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

when you complain iphone's speed is due to the simple IOS, Can you image if these dual-core Android phones all run at 800MHZ speed? I could tell you Iphone 4s will way faster than them. It's not a fair comparison at the beginning when you using a 800MHZ cores compare d to 1.x GHZ cores. And one thing it seems you forget is that iphone 4s is only 512 ram when many of them is 1G ram. Apple is searching for technology integration, while these Android phones get more power to accommodate this laggy android system.

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

so what's your point? nobody is saying the 4S is slow.

49. yingcong6

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

What's my point? My saying just refers to the post #24. That's my point. However, I can no longer see the post #24 here. is it deleted by the poster? who knows.

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I don't know where you've been but us Fandroids have been saying iOS is simple all along. you'd be a fool to not realize that iOS is a generally smoother platform but it doesn't really matter considering what you're getting in return from Android especially when it's running on hardware that almost completely compensates for being a more resource hungry platform. iOS prioritizes smoothness whereas Android does true multitasking in exchange. there's a good article about it all on this very site. I found it pretty useful the other day actually. xD i have the all six Scott Pilgrim book apps loaded on my SD Card (if anyone wants them I'd be glad to give them to you, great apps.) and when you first launch them you have to do updates that take like 10-15 minutes so do I have to keep the app open and stare at a progress bar in that time? no, I have Android so I did other things while that was going on. :P

31. chadrick0814 unregistered

it crashes more than those phones also.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Glad they making it a bit tick so people can stop this "thin" war. .. seriously you call my slate fat because it's 1m thicker I think you are dumb. Glad to see some are thinking into adding more battery. Good for everyone but this also reveals that Apple wont use a new battery technology as rumors said . Now about quad core. ... I thought it was going to be like that. They can't control the dual core on the 4S so what are the odds a new 4 core will do better? If the iPad 3 is dual core it backs up my statement that is the dual core the one responsible for the battery life and makes less likely to have an iPhone 6 with quad core LTE could be the reason for them beef the battery even more.... but again we have WiFi ones don't we?

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