iPad 3 Case Gets Hands-On Treatment

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Hands on: iPad 3 Review

The iPad 3 is set to launch this week, and its components have already been given a teardown by M.I.C. Gadget.  They show that the new iPad is just a minor design tweak of the previous-gen iPad 2.

Apple’s iPad 3 is set to launch on 7 March, and while no official details have yet been released about the next-gen tablet, a website claims to have its hands on many of the components already. M.I.C. Gadget’s findings show that the iPad 3 looks a lot like its predecessor, with an anodised aluminium back, glass front and 4:3 aspect ratio.
iPad 3
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen hardware purporting to be of iPad 3 origin, but unless it’s a very clever plant by someone at Apple, we have few reasons to doubt its legitimacy. There are, after all, millions of iPad 3 components in production right now.

The iPad 3 still has the home button, countering rumours that it would disappear in this iteration. It is, as previously thought, slightly thicker than the iPad 2 and M.I.C. Gadget claims it will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB forms, and that the pricing will remain the same. If we in the UK don’t get stung, this will mean the iPad 3 16GB will go on sale for £399. Not too shabby for an ultra-high resolution tablet.

M.I.C. Gadget’s iPad 3 shell looks convincing, but it is of course without innards. The question of whether the tablet will be a quad-core or dual-core device has not been answered – although the site’s sources suggest it’ll have a quad-core A6 chip.

We’ll be back with more iPad 3 news on 7 March, when Apple is holding a launch event in San Francisco. Until then, why not read our complete launch guide, or feature on 2012’s key iPad 3 rivals?

via M.I.C. Gadget

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