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iPad 3: Leaked Images Show Few External Changes, Big Internal Changes

New tablet will get internal upgrades, but look just like the iPad 2.

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iPad 3: Leaked Images Show Few External Changes, Big Internal Changes
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UPDATE: iPad 3 Launch Event rumored for the first week of March.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Several images are circulating this morning that appear to be components of the forthcoming iPad 3. While the various images show some interesting updates to some of the tablet’s internal components, they also suggest that the device will be almost identical to its predecessor, the iPad 2.

Cult of Mac has obtained images from iPatch, a British company specializing in the repair of iOS devices. The leaked images include the internal cable for the sleep/wake button, mute switch, and volume buttons. Despite slight internal differences, the arrangement of the buttons appears very much the same. Other images show the microphone, which is significantly different than the one found in the iPad 2. The internal Wi-Fi components also appear to be significantly different, as does the headphone jack.

iPad 3 Microphone

iPad 3 Wi-Fi

Other images, both from Cult of Mac and Chinese tech blog Apple.Pro (Google Translation) purport to show the back panel of the iPad. Assuming they’re genuine, it looks like the iPad 3 is going to be basically identical to the iPad 2 from an external design standpoint.

These images confirm what the rumor mill has been saying for some time: the iPad 3 will get some fairly significant internal upgrades, but will be basically the same as the iPad 2 on the outside. A prototype of the iPad 3 was purportedly spotted in the wild at CES last month. Apart from being marginally thicker than the iPad 2, it was identical. Meanwhile, other rumors have suggested major internal upgrades to the tablet, including a quad-core processor, 4G LTE capability, a significant camera upgrade, and a retina display.

iPad 3 Camera Port

For more information you can find all our iPad 3 coverage here. We’re already over a quarter of the way through February, and the iPad is likely to launch some time in March. That being the case, you can expect more rumors – and more reliable rumors – to surface in the coming weeks. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

iPad 3: Leaked Images Show Few External Changes, Big Internal Changes
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  • MEGA DOUCHE

    Meanwhile in Africa…….. How about an iPhone 5. Apple is the biggest group of corporate thugs on this planet. “Hey here is the new and improved iPad 2″ 9 months later, “BUT WAIT!!! THERE IS MORE!!! HERE COMES THE iPad3″ Shell out some more $$$ for this shit you dont need.

    • Dave

      Nobody is forcing you to buy it.

  • KryptoniteBalls

    It’s amazing what Apple fans wet themselves over…they’re component parts.

  • Supertramp

    Seriously, if you have a problem with companies producing new, and improving current, technology then stop buying their product. I happen to enjoy watching the evolution of technology and being a hands-on learner. I support Apple continuing to push great products… and, here is a scary thought: I support them making money doing it. They’re not upgrading you for free and so now you are mad? Grow up and embrace capitalism.

  • True

    I agree. I have no problem with Apple or whoever updating their technology but the iPad 2 came out and now the iPad 3. They just cant wait till like next year. Same with the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 like people who just bought an iPhone 4s is going to waste their money just keep up. It’s not worth it. At least wait till your phone stops working before you shell out money for a new one..that probably does the same thing. I know people who has the iPhone 3Gs..like come on now…

    • Michael Stephens

      Hey lick your Mamas pecker

    • Steve

      The iPad 2 has been out for a year? so what do you mean they can’t wait til next year. They already did?

  • Michael Stephens

    Lick my pecker