iPad 3 Case Leaked – Bigger Battery, Retina Display, and Faster GPU Expected

Despite Apple’s tight security, there are often leaks preceding the release of any major iDevice. We saw the iPhone 4 prototype before it was released, and now there’s been a supposed leak of the back case of the iPad 3.

The case photo first appeared on the Repair Labs Blog, and at first glance, the backing of the iPad 3 appears to be quite similar to the iPad 2. It’s looking like there’s not going to be a major redesign, but the iPad 3 does appear to have space for a larger battery, a reconfigured logic board, new cameras, and a different screen (1mm thicker than the current screen).

Those are some pretty hefty updates, and in line with what we’ve heard so far. It’s always hard to determine the veracity of a leak, but there’s nothing outrageous to be found here.

We know that there’s going to be an updated A6 processor, plus the much talked about high definition 2048 x 1536 display. There have been rumors that the new processor may be quad-core, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Cameras have been lower on the radar, but they were due for a serious update. It looks like there may be some space for a flash, and we can expect a much improved back camera at the very least. Of course, a larger, more powerful battery is necessary to support all of those great new features, so there’s space for that. There’s been no more mention of the rumored LTE support, so that’s a bit of a wildcard, as is Siri integration.

There’s no new information on the release date, which will likely be in early to mid-March, as expected. Are you getting excited? I am. The iPad 3 is looking like it’s going to be pretty darn awesome.

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