Leaked iPad 3 Parts Suggest A Major Redesign [Rumor]

Leaked iPad 3 Parts Suggest A Major Redesign [Rumor]

With Apple expected to release its successor to the iPad 2 in early-2012, alleged iPad 3 parts have leaked out into the wild. The parts suggest that Apple is ready to introduce a revolutionary new design for its upcoming tablet, as the device’s internals appear to be arranged way differently.

The iPad 3’s dock connector and ribbon cable leaked a couple months ago. These new microphone parts are currently available for purchase from a Chinese retailer.

CydiaBlog spotted the leak:

The new part, when compared with iPad 2, shows a different arrangement in internal circuitry, hinting a major re-design. The tail end of the part makes a “U-turn”, whereas the iPad 2′s Microphone Mic Flex Cable makes almost 90-degree turn both ways. Except for few details, the leaked part so far doesn’t offer a tantalizing tease.

Internal design changes, even changes this significant, don’t necessarily prove that a revamped external design is on the way. The iPhone’s internals changed when the CDMA iPhone 4 was introduced, but the device’s physical design stayed exactly the same.

This alleged iPad 3 microphone part can be purchased from Chinese retailer TVC-Mall for about $6.50.

Very little is known about the iPad 3’s physical design, but most reports have suggested that the tablet will receive a display upgrade. Suppliers are allegedly lined up to make high-res, Retina display-like screens for Apple’s 2012 tablets.

(via MacRumors)

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  • recyclops117

    So every ipad update so far has been a complete redesign but not iphone!?!?! Haha

  • Robert Norris Hills

    ……….I’m pissing myself laughing because there’s almost 1000 identical articles regarding the iphone 4/five redesign (lol)

  • Aj Tk427

    Haha, please, this doesn’t mean squat. One we don’t know that these are actual parts. Two, how, from one part do you get to major redesign?!?!?!?

    The only article you should be writing:
    “potential ipad3 component suggests a possible change to internal component arrangement. The end”

  • Brandon Dillon

    Considering that this piece determines the entire layout of the device, Alex’s comments are valid.

  • JackDevore

    iPad 3
    is expected in early 2012. See “Apple Developing New iPad”, Wall Street Journal,
    August 19, 2011 for an overview of current expectations:

  • Gerry Doire

    Retina iPAD3 would be awesome!

  • Jeremy Varnham

    This is what happens when paleontologists turn to IT journalism.

  • mrjones11

    If you flip the thing over it’s the same !

  • Aj Tk427

    How did you determine that?

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