With just weeks to go before the iPad 3 launch, the drip of hardware leaks is turning into a torrent. The latest — and probably best — photos of the new iPad’s case come from MIC Gadget, and show the new tablet to be a little thicker, and sporting a larger camera lens.
Just yesterday our own Killian Bell showed us the new case design, and here we have some startlingly good pictures showing it alongside the iPad 2. If real (and I suspect they are) they show that the new iPad is a little fatter, but with tapered edges hiding the extra bulk like a well tailored suit hides a bank manager’s girth.
Notable also is the larger lens over the camera, likely signaling some kind of upgrade. The larger lens doesn’t necessarily mean more megapixels, but I’d be shocked (shocked!) if the iPad 3 keeps the same awful camera shoehorned into the iPad 2 as an afterthought. If nothing else, it’ll need to have 3.1 megapixels just to make images that are 1:1 with the expected 2048×1536 retina display.
Along with the pictures of the new iPad’s internals, it seems that the body is bulking up in order to hold a bigger battery. Hey, those retina displays need a lot of juice, you know.