Images of the next iPad leak, inside and out
New shots of redesigned tablet hit the web, still the possibility of an incremental update
Published: 20 February, 2012
There was plenty of talk last week about the upcoming launch of the next iPad and now following on from that the first images of the new slate have leaked onto the web. The pictures appear to be genuine and depict a form factor which is very similar to the current iPad but with a few tweaks. Inline with previous rumours it has slightly different tapered edges with space for a 9.7" display and an 8mp camera on the back.
While the leak hasn't brought with it any new details about the hardware speculation still has it that the tablet is going to have a quad-core Apple A6 processor and 4G LTE connectivity. It's also expected to feature a retina display with an impressive 2048x1536 pixels and a larger battery.
It's not only images of its exterior that have been leaked and this week has already seen non-blurrycam snaps of the tablet's logic board hit the web. If it's the real deal then it indicates it's going to have a A5X System on a Chip rather than the A6 that everyone's been expecting, and could possibly point towards another dual-core processor.
If the supposedly confirmed launch in the first week of March is true then it won't be long before the rumoured specs are confirmed or plenty of dreams are shattered. As the hype surrounding the device reaches feverish levels there seems to be less and less talk of the probably not real mini iPad and more about the tablet which every Apple fan has been waiting for.
As far as the speculation goes the quad-core processor and retina display both seem quite likely if Apple wants to stay competitive with this year's upcoming quad-core slates. However as the iPhone 4S proved even if it is just an incremental improvement then it's unlikely to affect sales of the device.