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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week of Feb. 21

John Cox | Feb. 23, 2012
In the real world, leaks cause you to sink, but in the iOSsphere they cause you to float, higher and higher.

iPad 3 displays by Samsung seen at Chinese factory

You can tell a lot from a photograph, although the picture quality is quite poor. You just have to know how to look for those subtle changes.

And that's ITProPortal's Radu Tyrsina did, when he saw a "set of images apparently showing iPad 3 displays ready for shipment at a factory in China," originally published by Chinese tech site

Unless Tyrsina reads Chinese, he may have relied on Google Translate, but perhaps not enough, as he seems to have formed his conclusion by simply looking at the photos "allegedly leaked from a Radiant Opto-Electronics factory in Wujiang, China, which is a Samsung supplier."

"Despite the tight security in that plant," Tyrsina writes, "the set of 20 snapshots manages to offer us a rare glimpse into the iPad supply chain, although the picture quality is quite poor."

"Quite poor" is an understatement by several orders of magnitude. The photos showed by look like they were shot underwater by someone suffering from nitrogen narcosis

In fact, they are so bad that Rollup is tempted to suspect that someone is pulling someone else's leg. It's rather easy to imagine a few teenaged Chinese nerds with too much time, and beer, on their hands deciding on a prank. But a "rare glimpse into the iPad supply chain" sounds so much better.


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