Latest reports are saying the upcoming iPad 3 will have a more tapered enclosure, and the rear camera will be significantly upgraded.
Photos have leaked from a Chinese website Apple Daily, giving interested observers their first look at the assembled unit.
The photos, shown on MacRumors, reveal that the new device’s camera lens appears larger than that of the iPad2, and the iPad 3 camera will be upgraded to 8 megapixels, similar to that of the iPhone4S. Ars Technica reports that the front will feature a 720pixel "FaceTime HD" camera. The iPad 3 is also expected to have a 2048 x 1536 pixel "Retina" display.
M.I.C. Gadget reports that the iPad 3 is about 1-1.5mm thicker than the iPad 2, and is expected to have the same 9.7 inch size. Their sources said that contrary to some stories, there will be volume buttons on the unit.
Chinese site WeiPhone showed pictures of an iPad 3 logic board, which offers an upgraded processor and graphics package. It may feature an A5X system-on-a-chip, compared to the iPad 2's A5.
No major surprises have been shown in the photos that were revealed, but some people are guessing that the new device may be named the iPad 2S, according to Fox News.
Launch date for the iPad 3 is expected to be on March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.