Is This The Dock Connector For The Retina Display iPad 3? [Leaked Image]

Is This The Dock Connector For The Retina Display iPad 3? [Leaked Image]

We wouldn’t put a lot of stock in this one yet, but a new internal component has leaked out of Asia, and given certain key differences in item number and color, it’s said to be the dock connector for the upcoming iPad 2 Plus/iPad 3, the rumored Retina Display upgrade for the iPad 2, also rumored to have a release later in this year.

Chinese Apple site Apple Pro, which has a record leaking such parts, says that the item is significantly different from the iPad 2, and therefore for a “brand new design.”

Apple.pro’s record is spotty at best. They correctly leaked the new touchscreen iPod Nano, but other reports about a 15-inch MacBook Air and a new MacBook casing have not panned out.

If this part is legit, it would seem to suggest that Apple is indeed close to going to manufacturing with a new iPad aimed at pro users. Commenters like Daring Fireball’s John Gruber have often suggested that it would make sense for Apple to turn the iPad into a family of products, like the MacBook or iPod line of products.

Could this part be the first concrete proof that that supposition is right? We’re not willing to bet on it, but if Foxconn’s already making new iPad parts, it certainly suggests we could be seeing a real product in the next three months.

  • Chris Brunner

    Does anyone know the power resources a retina that big would use or is it too new to tell?

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • CharliK

    Even if this is a part for a new ipad there is nothing that suggests “retina display” about it. And heck for all we know, it’s the same dock connector part being used now. 

    As for the claim that this is the start of production for something coming out this year. There’s nothing to back that up. They had one part. No mention of numbers. It could be a test part

  • TylerHoj

    The iPad is kind of already a “family of products.” iPad has 32 different options in Memory, Wifi and 3G. I don’t see a retina iPad coming any time soon, a higher def screen for sure, but no retina.  Apple did tease that this would be “The year of the iPad” 

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  • Mike Rathjen

    “If this part is legit, it would seem to suggest that Apple is indeed
    close to going to manufacturing with a new iPad aimed at pro users.”

    I don’t see at all how you came to that conclusion.

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