It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a few pictures of Apple’s highly anticipated iPad 3 (or so we think). In comparing the size of the two devices, the one-on-top-of-the-other staggered positioning gives the impression that the iPad 3 is significantly larger than the current iPad 2 model. The tapering at the sides does seem much more pronounced giving the impression of a much thicker device, though a side-by-side comparison shows the new device as being only 1-1.5mm thicker at most.
Other than the tapering and size, the most pronounced difference appears to be the much larger camera lens suggesting that we can expect the 8MP camera that we’ve all been asking for to be present and accounted for.
Other leaked photographs show would-be production facilities for the iPad 3 devices, including shipping boxes (presumably) filled to the brim with displays coming from Samsung. These same photographs also suggest proof that the new displays are going to be twice the current resolution giving us Retina resolutions –an evolution that just makes sense to predict.
The release date for the iPad 3 is still expected for March 7, with sources saying that it should not be seen as a coincidence that the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco is free on that day (the anniversary of when and where Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2). Much less likely sounding is the resurfacing of the rumor that the ‘one last thing’ coming from Apple at their event will be the announcement of a smaller 7″ format iPad in the works destined for shelves later in 2012.
If these photographs turn out to be accurate and valid, will you be disappointed that the new iPad 3 will have much the same look and feel as the current iPad 2? Are you happy with the brushed aluminum finish or would you have preferred a more major cosmetic upgrade?