news\ Feb 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Photos of iPad 3 casing surface, claims of no quad-core being made


An alleged photo of the iPad 3 back casing has appeared online, making its rounds from tech site to tech site.  As the photo depicting the casing gets carefully examined under the techie microscope, one thing appears certain: it awfully similar to the iPad 2's model back - save for a few changes to the iPad 3.

The original image, originally leaked on the Repair Labs Blog, is said to have originally come from a Chinese supplier who provides parts to iPad repair shops across the globe.

A high-res image from 9to5Mac has compared the two casings side by side, showcasing the iPad 3's changes to allow for a larger battery, slightly reconfigured logic board, new cameras, and a different screen.  While many "leaked" images are often photoshopped, tech site The Verge claims much of what we've already heard from rumored sources lineup with what we see in the image.

iPad 3 back casing (via Mac Rumors), meanwhile, obtained photos of the outer portion of the iPad 3 back shell showing room for a larger camera lens than the iPad 2 camera and magnets to support the Smart Cover.

Perhaps what these images do best is further solidify rumored reports that the iPad 3 is, in fact, in production and on target for a rumored-March launch.

Despite no confirmation, the images do match up to previously rumored features like a 2048x1536 display, A6 CPU, more powerful GPU, and overall one millimeter thicker casing.  One surprising feature, which The Verge claims will not be in the iPad 3 is the rumored quad-core chip.  According to their sources, the "A6 will not be a quad-core chip, but will remain dual-core."

Of course, with production appearing to be ramping up, an iPad 3 announcement should be too far off.  Many believe the iPad 3 will arrive in March, and with an extra Wednesday in February, it could lineup perfectly for Apple to stick with their Wednesday iPad announcement tradition.

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