iLounge reports that according to their sources, Apple will upgrade the front and back facing camera in iPad 3. They also claim that iPad 3 will be slightly thicker than iPad 2 (approximately 1 mm thicker) to support Retina Display and may not be radically redesigned as some rumors have suggested.
iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz revealed the interesting tidbits about the next generation iPad via a series of tweets mentioned below:
- A few next-gen iPad notes, ahead of the show. Both cameras are getting upgrades. Front goes HD, rear becomes iPhone 4/4S-like (bigger).
- Body of the next iPad is, as we previously reported, getting just a little thicker to accommodate new parts – little = 1mm give or take.
- Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.
- Looks likely that iPad 2 will stick around at lower price point, say $399, and next iPad with high-def screen + cameras will sit atop it.
- Incidentally, our source believes that the next iPad’s rear camera will be the same as iPhone 4S’s, b/c camera hole is very similar.
- If Apple is in fact moving the front camera to FaceTime HD, calls from the next iPad to current Macs + vice-versa will look _much_ better.
- Source thinks date will be similar to iPad 2’s. Correctly says a January launch (never likely) would anger holiday 2011 iPad 2 recipients.
Horwitz speculates that Apple could offer the iPad 2 for $399 when it launches iPad 3. It would get even more attractive if Apple can figure out a way to drop the price to $299 or $349.
Horwitz also reports that according to their source, iPad 3 will be launched in March just like iPad 2.
We’ll be a little disappointed if iPad 3 doesn’t feature an all-new design, but we’re looking forward to the improvements under the hood. We’re also hoping that Apple will introduce a revamped iOS for the iPad as we feel that the current generation iOS that was designed for the iPhone doesn’t make good use of the larger screen.
What do you think? Are you planning to buy or upgrade to an iPad 3? Which new features would you like to see in the next generation iPad? Sound off in the comments below.