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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week of Feb. 14

John Cox | Feb. 16, 2012
March Madness is already infecting the iOSsphere in February, as rumors ignite about launching the Next iPad in just three weeks.

Subtle enough that plenty of us can't even see them. "You may not see it on the image above, but others point out minor changes in rear camera and LCD display mount," says an apparently underwhelmed James Isabel, writing at The Appera

He who has eyes to see, let him see. "You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different," says Fix-iPhones. When you put it like that, it's so obvious. Specifically, the difference is that the iPad 3 logic board will be smaller. If true, that would make more room for something else. For Fix-iPhones, that something else is a bigger battery. "We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that," says the blogpost, doubtless long hearing this from, lo, those many Industry InChina Insiders.

The back housing shows that both the iPad 3 camera and the LCD display is or will be different in iPad 3. Though how, Fix-iPhones can't say. "It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing..." Hard to make a judgement? This is the iOSsphere: judgements are what we do. It's like those NASA scientists. "Whadaya think? Are those sand ripples caused by water or wind action?" "Could be an ancient Martian sand painting. You know, like those Tibetans." 

Alas, the IICIs could provide few details of the Next Ipad's LCD, which is "probably what most of us are eagerly awaiting," according to Fix-iPhones. "That could mean that the finished product has not been signed off or that it is being kept top secret."

Or. Or both. Or doesn't exist. Or the IICI is pulling your leg. Or any number of other things.

"Whatever the case may be [apparently a completely unintended pun], this back housing provides an interesting look into the changes we can expect when the iPad 3 is officially announced."

Whatever it is, it's interesting: the true spirit of Apple rumors.

iPad 3 to pave the way for 1080p iTunes content, and new Apple TV

A higher resolution iPad 3 could be accompanied by an upgrade to Apple's iTunes store to begin offering 1080p high definition content, speculates Arnold Kim, at Macrumors

"A Retina Display iPad [i.e. doubling the iPad 2's resolution to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels] would represent an opportunity for Apple to launch a 1080p iTunes Store," Kim suggests. "It would also make sense for it to correspond to an Apple TV update" supporting the same higher resolution.

Currently, iTunes video content can reach 720p. The idea of a higher-def iTunes is not new: AppleInsider had a July 2011 post that Apple might start testing 1080p content in fall 2011. That post outlines a trio of requirements: backend infrastructure to support 1080p streaming; stable, 10Mbps network links to receive it, and client side displays and processors to display it.


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