Last week we suggested that the next iPad could arrive later this year and will be called the iPad 2 plus as it would not be a resigned tablet and would in fact be an iPad 2 with marginally upgraded internals, well a recent AppleInsider article features a photo of a so called leaked iPad 3 part, if this does really turn out to be a part from the next-gen iPad it looks like a more drastic change is inbound.
We have embedded an image showing the leaked part at the end of this post, as you can see it is a dock connector which is rumored to be for the next iPad, if the iPad 2 Plus was being released we very much doubt that this sort of part would be changed, instead we would expect slightly better performance hardware and perhaps higher resolution cameras.
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To be honest with you it is possible to read into leaks too much at times, but AppleInsider’s article does start quite an intriguing discussion about the next generation iPad. We are not experts on internal hardware, however if Apple are working hard to improve such aspects of the tablet it could mean that they are attempting to fit more into a smaller form-factor, does this mean that the iPad 3 will feature a display which has a diagonal which is smaller than 9.7 inches? Your guess is as good as ours….
The truth is that we don’t know exactly what this means, however if it is a part for the iPad 2 Plus / iPad 3 it does at least confirm that this tablet will be available in black and white, this would suggest that like the iPad 2 the next-gen iPad will be available on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
We have embedded images of the parts below, however if you would like to inspect both parts more closely you can see high resolution images here and here, one of the photos clearly shows that the dock connector is surrounded in white, this is how we can confirm that the device which this dock connector is intender for will be available in white as well as black.
Would you prefer to see a iPad 3 release with a smaller form-factor than previous models, or an iPad 2 Plus release with better internals than its predecessor? Let us know in the comments section below. As usual we will update you on the situation as we find out more.