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What the iPad 3 Looks Like 471

redletterdave writes "If you were expecting a radically different-looking tablet from the iPad 2, prepare for a minor letdown. In the same way Apple upgraded the iPhone 4 into the iPhone 4S, the exterior of the iPad 3 mirrors that of the iPad 2, despite completely renovated and upgraded innards. iLab Factory reportedly provided Sharp with the necessary parts to build the high-resolution iPad 3 display, and in a company blog post, various iPad 3 components are displayed alongside those of the iPad 2 for quick comparison. In addition to a new camera mount that will reportedly match or improve upon the 8-megapixel camera system in the iPhone 4S, the post also revealed that the iPad 3 will be approximately 1 mm thicker than its predecessor to house Apple's upgraded components, including a bigger battery, an improved camera, and a dual-LED lit system to make the 2048 x 1536 display even brighter."
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What the iPad 3 Looks Like

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  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:29PM (#39021105)

    Even though I have no need for it, I feel a strange compulsion to throw money at it.

  • by Sebastopol ( 189276 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:32PM (#39021139) Homepage

    Why have we grown so accustomed to the style changing radically every new release? Not just apple, but any phone, or gadget, or car... Why do we feel this need to see a new fancy box?

    Seems like once we arrive at the thinnest tablets, it will be the ultimate "form follows function": a flat panel. Will we then no longer expect a radical new shape? (circular tablets?)

    /scratches head/

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Will we then no longer expect a radical new shape? (circular tablets?)

      /scratches head/

      Wouldn't that be a radial new shape?

    • I care about the shape of the phone more than the pad, partly because I don't have a pad but also because these devices need to evolve into something more fit to hold in our hands.

      Obviously there is some minimum screen size that people will want for a given device. So once that area is defined, and hardware can be crammed into some very thin space behind it, designers should be free to shape the rest of a device's case in some hand(s) friendly way.

      I've seen some anecdotal data suggesting that iphones and ot

    • by Lord of the Fries ( 132154 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:03PM (#39021635) Homepage

      Two Words: Social Status

      In an increasingly narcissitic society, we look to the gadgets we wield to say something about our social status. The consumer wet dream is that the brand is distinct (I own an Apple, I own a Razr, etc), but that each new version is distinguishable from the previous version so that I can flaunt that "I have the 4S while you only have the 4."

    • by Kenja ( 541830 )
      If it didn't change significantly, people wouldn't throw out there perfectly good iPad 2 and buy the new one.
    • We don't expect change. Media is complaining because change == news. A redesign would of resulted in more page views than a spec bump.
  • by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:34PM (#39021165)
    Maybe they could sue themselves over it.
  • by mwfischer ( 1919758 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:40PM (#39021229) Journal

    Will it be 4G or 3G?

    3G = who cares.
    4G = needs a nuclear reactor for 5 hours of battery life.

    There is no clear win.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by rsmith-mac ( 639075 )

      Actually for a tablet it won't make all that huge of a difference. On a tablet the primary power consumer is the screen, not the electronics; the electronics are almost an afterthought compared to trying to light up a 9.7" screen. This is the inverse of phones where the electronics are the primary consumer and the screen is the secondary consumer (although it's not lopsided like it is on tablets).

      So Apple could easily throw in a 40nm LTE radio with only a small impact to battery life (~1H). However it's App

    • by ceoyoyo ( 59147 )

      3G/4G - meh, who cares.

      High resolution screen - wow.

      If it actually has that screen then everything else could be identical to an iPad 2 and it would be a hit.

  • All these leaks... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:43PM (#39021285)

    Apple is carefully leaking information to dilute the new tablets that are going to be presented in the Mobile World Congress 2012 just in a few days. Samsung is rumored to present there a tablet with high resolution like the iPad3 and Apple might not catch up in time, and it seems that they are leaking this and announcing a bit afterwards...

  • Ok, but why buy it (Score:3, Interesting)

    by obi1one ( 524241 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:45PM (#39021303)
    I bought an ipad 1 right when it came out, because it was exactly what I had been waiting for, a large screen web surfing/media consumption device. The question is, how is apple going to get me to upgrade it? Sure the ipad 3 will load web pages faster, but I doubt itll be 500$ faster. It may run some applications better, but I just want to consume media. By designing a device that (at least for me) is just about media consumption, the only way I can be driven to upgrade is by some form of media coming out that my ipad cant handle.
    • Because 3 > 2. Get with the program!

    • By designing a device that (at least for me) is just about media consumption, the only way I can be driven to upgrade is by some form of media coming out that my ipad cant handle.

      Like, say, HD video, which is explicitly mentioned in TFA?

      • Useless. For a screen size so small, HD doesn't really mean much. For static images, like reading higher definition documents, like manuals in PDF form, it IS a bonus. It's also nicer for map applications, as the screen will be sharper and be able to carry more detail.

        For video, upping the resolution is just whipping it out to measure, because when it comes to motion video, sometimes more resolution is just more resolution.

    • It sounds very much like you bought the iPad because it was first, rather than because it was the iPad (which is perfectly reasonable).

      If all you're really doing in media consumption, then the upgrades will mean little to nothing to you; you'd also be further ahead to buy a different tablet if you were in the market right now.

      The iPad's strength is in all of the other stuff it can do, and everyone I know that owns one (myself included of course) will be buying the 3 if the display is better and the speed bu

    • The iPad 1 isn't likely to be able to run iOS 6, judging by how badly iOS 5 cut in to its usable (for apps) RAM, so if you want any future OS features and/or newer software that requires them, you'll need a newer machine.

      App makers will likely abandon the iPad 1 as soon as they have a decent excuse, due to the aforementioned RAM limitations, so third party software will stop getting updates and newer apps won't work at all.

      Not trying to convince you or saying those are sufficient reasons to shell out $500,

    • A double-resolution screen doesn't meet that requirement?

    • by tooyoung ( 853621 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:42PM (#39022371)
      There seems to be an assumption that you would need to upgrade. New cars get released every year. Why would I upgrade to the new Honda Civic when the model I bought two years ago is working fine for me?

      Apple (and car manufacturers) are going to continue to release new models year after year. Some people are going to immediately get the newest thing (much more so with a relatively inexpensive tablet), but a large member of the user group is going to stick with what they have because it is already working fine for them.

      Our tendency is to mistakenly think that this works against Apple. Yes, I'm sure that Apple would love it if everyone who had an iPad 1 or 2 threw it away and bought a 3. However, read your own words - you're saying that you bought version 1 of a device and it is still working out great for you around the time that version 3 comes out. Sounds like you are pretty happy with your purchase. Companies like Apple should be happy about that. It works against them if owners of previous models feel burned when the new version comes out.

      Judging from the article's speculations about the iPad 3 (who knows how accurate they are), these are fairly incremental improvements - better battery, better screen resolution, etc. This is similar to what I'd expect with a new car model from year to year.

      Only a small segment of the market is going to rush out and buy the latest and greatest. Companies like Apple can succeed by recognizing that and growing a set of repeat buyers out of the remaining field. The fact that consumers aren't feeling burned when new models come out, and feel that old models work fine, makes those consumers more likely to repeat a purchase.
  • by david.emery ( 127135 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @01:59PM (#39021551)

    Of actually knowing (or predicting) what and when the notoriously secretive Apple will release its next product. Swallow any claims not coming from 1 Infinite Loop with a Large Dose of skepticism.

  • by romanval ( 556418 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:03PM (#39021627)
    Everyone knows that the 3rd party accessories market for iDevices are HUGE, and one reason is because Apple sells MILLIONs of devices out of very few form factors. If you've ever been shopping for any iPhone accessory (cases, car holder/radio kits) vs. a typical android phone, you'll see what I mean. Apple knows that being 'different' isn't the same as being 'good', and that changing the design and button placement of their iOS devices just to be 'new' isn't a good enough reason.
  • by Intropy ( 2009018 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:03PM (#39021629)

    I'm guessing the iPad 3 looks kind of like a rectangle with rounded corners and a screen on one face?

    • I'm guessing the iPad 3 looks kind of like a rectangle with rounded corners and a screen on one face?

      Along with, I guess, 25 other distinguishing features that people conveniently forget to mention every time they beat this dead horse.

      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        Mainly because they are not very distinguishing, and are in fact things that many other similar products had before Apple came along. Take a look at a Samsung digital photo frame [] from a few years before the iPad and you will notice that it looks exactly the same. Clean, uncluttered, black, thin, no face buttons, silver edging with a thin border, screen in the centre, light weight, hidden ports and devices, logo centred...

        People laugh at Apple's design claims because they are laughable.

  • Windows 95 made some huge GUI advances but ever since then when a new version of Windows comes out everyone seems to want it to look different.

    same with ipad and iphone. it's like people want a new design every year. if the current one works aesthetically and technically what's the point?

  • by mehrotra.akash ( 1539473 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @02:08PM (#39021711)

    2048 x 1536 display even brighter

    Now, when can I get this resolution on a mainstream laptop (or atleast on one that costs less than $1200-1300

  • by JustAnotherIdiot ( 1980292 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @04:23PM (#39023833)
    If it weren't for the labels on the pictures, i wouldn't be able to tell which is 2 and which is 3, or hell, if one of them was even an iPad 1.

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