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Rumor: Thicker iPad 3 Will Support Current Generation Smart Covers

Rumor: Thicker iPad 3 Will Support Current Generation Smart Covers

Take this tidbit with a pound of salt and a pinch of skepticism, but a Japanese technology site is claiming Apple's next generation iPad device is going to be thicker than previous versions, especially at the bottom. Translated text from the overseas blog wasn't able to explain the reason behind the added girth, though it could have to do with an upgraded display.

There are other rumors floating around suggesting the iPad 3 is being upgraded with a retina display with double the pixel density of current iPad devices (iPad 1+2 sport 132 pixels per inch), which would be one of the main selling points. It's also been reported that Apple's eying a February 2012 release date.


A retina display wouldn't necessarily require a larger chassis, so perhaps Apple is also gearing up to upgrade the iPad 2's craptacular cameras, especially since the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 4S is arguably point-and-shoot quality, and leaps and pounds ahead of the iPad (not arguable).

Regardless of the reason, the Japanese blog says the iPad 3 will still support current generation Smart Covers. If true, that means one less accessory to buy, assuming you're gung-ho to get rid of your iPad 2 in the first place.
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Thicker but the question is how much thicker. I am think it will probably be a miniscule amount and may make the thing easier to hold.

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It will be .7 mm thicker, the thickness of mechanical pencil lead.

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apple could make it 80cm thicker and it will still sell a bunch. People are hooked on the iPad and will buy it not matter what. Plus i wont believe a rumor until its confirmed. The Nexus saga has taught me that.

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I have an iPad 2, I really hate the camera quality, so hopefully for buyers of the iPad3, that is being improved. However I'm not jumping on that band wagon. There are so many tablets out there with the qualities I'm looking for (in which the iPad does not). Like storage expansion slots, browser flash support, better cameras with built in flash... etc etc. I have my sights on a Prime! :)

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I wonder if the new iPad is going to take a page out of Moto's android phone designs with a bump on the back to house the camera.

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Did I read "THICKER" in there somewhere...Plz No more thickness. All others too will move from thin -> thick.

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If they need to make it a little thicker to offer a retina display I say do it the iPad 2 should have had a retina display IMO.

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