iPad 3 Getting Major Camera UpgradeBy: Shaylin Clark - January 5, 2012
Jeremy Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge, took to Twitter this afternoon to discuss the details of Apple’s upcoming iPad 3. Citing an unnamed source, he listed a whole host of juicy details on the tablet’s design, upgrades, and what we should and should not expect to see.
The biggest news is that the iPad 3 may be getting an 8 megapixel rear camera to match the one currently sported by the iPhone 4S, and a far better front camera with FaceTime HD. He also said that the iPad 3’s form factor will not be all that different than the iPad 2, and that although the iPad 3 will be thicker, the body will be redesigned slightly to make it seem roughly the same. Other highlights include a price reduction for the iPad 2 and a launch date similar to that of the iPad 2. The source also apparently argued against DigiTimes’s report of a massive battery upgrade for the iPad 3. Check out Horwitz’s tweets below.
A few next-gen iPad notes, ahead of the show. Both cameras are getting upgrades. Front goes HD, rear becomes iPhone 4/4S-like (bigger).
Body of the next iPad is, as we previously reported, getting just a little thicker to accommodate new parts – little = 1mm give or take.
Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.
Looks likely that iPad 2 will stick around at lower price point, say $399, and next iPad with high-def screen + cameras will sit atop it.
Incidentally, our source believes that the next iPad’s rear camera will be the same as iPhone 4S’s, b/c camera hole is very similar.
Source thinks date will be similar to iPad 2’s. Correctly says a January launch (never likely) would anger holiday 2011 iPad 2 recipients.
Oh – one more thing. Source seemed to shoot down the Digitimes “big iPad with 14000mAh battery” story. I’ve had suspicions on that.