Potentially longer battery life and updated camera.
Don’t you love it when photos of devices get leaked? While it might be a PR nightmare, snapshots of units under production always set the tech world on fire, especially if that product is from Apple.
The good folks over at Repair Labs have posted an image that compares the current iPad2 back casing with a casing that is currently under production for the iPad 3. Peering into their crystal ball, the team have deduced what some of the upcoming changes will be to Apple’s pride and joy (it’s amazing what you can figure out by looking at the placement of screws).
The screenshot shows the iPad 2 casing on the left, and the reported new iPad 3 casing on the right. The casing reveals a different enclosure for the rear camera, speculating that there might be a higher quality camera available in the next iPad. The mounts for the logic board are also different, pointing to a refreshed board that might sport a different processor. The width of the board also suggests a different battery, further fueling the rumors that Apple is looking to get even more battery life out of the next iPad. And while a newer LCD is also expected to make an appearance, it’s good to see that the device hasn’t increased in thickness in any way, so Apple techs are certainly working hard on keeping the iPad slim and trim.
Of course, all of these are mere speculation, but who doesn’t love a good rumor mill?