iLounge’s Editor Claims He Has Seen The Next Generation iPad

Submitted by lalit on January 10, 2012 - 12:48pm.

iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz just few days back said that he has heard from his sources there will be no major design change in iPad 3. And today Jeremy is reporting that he has seen “what’s supposedly the next generation iPad”. The iPad 3 will have very minimal external design changes, in fact it will be hard to spot changes from the back if the two iPad were kept side by side. Jeremy also posted:

Here’s the scoop on what companies believe Apple will announce in the next two months. The new iPad’s body is so slightly thicker than the iPad 2 that the change is unnoticeable on first inspection; a roughly 1mm increase will barely be perceptible to users. We’ve heard that the only accessories that might have issues are cases, and then, only cases that were precisely contoured to fit the iPad 2’s back. On the rear, the camera in the upper left corner has become bigger—noticeably so when placed alongside the iPad 2, but not so huge that anyone would think they were different at a distance. The new camera hole is silver-ringed, and does in fact look the same size as the iPhone 4S’s much-improved rear camera system, minus the LED flash.

From the front, the next iPad and iPad 2 appear to look basically the same—apart, of course, from the screen. That’s going to be Apple’s big focus when the new device is announced, but I didn’t see it. One company claimed to have heard the screen would be just a little smaller than the iPad 2’s, but if that’s the case, the front glass bezel I saw didn’t seem to suggest that. Switch, button, speaker, and other elements located on the side edges are all the same, as are the headphone and Dock Connector ports. In other words, last year’s accessories should generally work properly with the new model, which is great.

Jeremy adds that what he saw wasn’t just manufactured, it actually looked more than half a year old. Suggesting that the iPad he saw was an old prototype and design might have changed slightly. However, he also added at the end that every company (Apple’s manufacturing partners) he talked to said that iPad 3 would be almost like iPad 2 design-wise.