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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 20

John Cox | Dec. 22, 2011
This week, the iOSphere's fill-in-the-blanks rumoring explains how an explosion at a manufacturing plant that is not yet actually building anything can delay not only the Apple iPad 3 but the iPad 2.

So, a wholesaler that offers replacement parts for products is offering a replacement part for a product that isn't available, and may not even be assembled. But they have a factory where everyone works in white coats, and they're ISO-certified and everything.

Now it is true that a Microphone Mic Flex Cable Ribbon Replacement might not mean much to you and me. But it means a lot to "Mike" at, where he gives an astute, insightful technical analysis of this seemingly obscure part. The headline: "New iPad 3 Internal Replacement Part Appears, hints Major Redesign."

Who knew?

Mike's analysis includes painstaking description of the part, for those who for some reason can't understand the accompanying photograph of it. "The new part, when compared with iPad 2, shows a different arrangement in internal circuitry, hinting a major re-design," Mike writes. "The tail end of the part makes a 'U-turn', whereas the iPad 2's Microphone Mic Flex Cable makes almost 90-degree turn both ways."

There's only one problem. "The existence of these parts does not necessarily means that it will make its way into the final iPad 3 model," Mike admits.

No! Why not? "Manufacturers are often asked to develop multiple versions of parts to test different possible designs and many of them don't make it past Apple's research lab," Mike reveals.


Well, John Pope at is much more optimistic. The "new components leaked on the web point towards a major redesign under the screen, which seems to be consistent with Apple's past years strategy of brining [sic] a radically changed architecture every two generations," he writes. You just need to understand the importance of that "U-turn" thing as it relates to "architecture," a term which has no precise meaning in the iOSphere, which is why it can be used to describe everything and anything Apple does. Or might do.

iPad 3 production has started

The techWeb must be out shopping for the holidays. That's one way to account for recycling 3-month-old rumors as if they were deja new.

"The iPad 3, one of the most anticipated gadgets for 2012 -- after the iPhone 5 -- is underway with new reports indicating that production has been pushed forward ahead of the Chinese New Year, Computer World reports," said a breathless post this week at International Business Times.

"Although there has been no official announcement about the tablet's release date, reports, insiders and tech blogs all indicate the product will be unveiled in March 2012, with a release to soon follow," the post continued.

The post didn't link to Computerworld, a sister publication to Network World, nor to any other "sources" that it referenced for its rumor rehash. "The initial production of the iPad 3 is thought to be around 1-1.5 million units, according to a report obtained by the Daily Mail," IBT posted.


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