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iPad 3 may be thicker, still support iPad 2 Smart Covers

updated 05:20 pm EST, Wed December 7, 2011

Size could be necessary for new tech

The iPad 3 will be thicker, claim "Asian intelligence sources" cited by Macotakara. The change will allegedly render cases fitting the back of an iPad 2 useless. The front of the 3 is expected to remain largely the same though according to a parts supplier, to the extent that Smart Covers made for the iPad 2 will still function.

Making the iPad 3 thicker would be an unusual reversal for Apple, which has gone to extreme lengths to make iOS devices thinner. The issue is particularly significant for iPads, since a complaint about the iPad 1 was that the device was too heavy to hold for extended periods of time. A thicker design might be necessary for some elements though; the iPad 3 is believed to be getting a quad-core processor and a 2048x1536 display, and possibly an LTE receiver.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does anyone else know why Electronista said "Asian intelligence sources" with the quotes? It's because these "intelligence sources" are actually really dumb. The iPad 3 will not be any thicker. These sources must be used to the performance of Samsung, etc. who constantly compromise on the integrity and aesthetics of their products.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thicker ??

    Not bloody likely. Thinner? Now THAT is a possibility.

  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't wait to see

    what Samesung does in response..."What, Apple has made the iPad 3 thicker? Quick, stop production of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.2 and make it 2mm thicker than the iPad 3 - we can tell everyone that the added thickness in our model makes it easier to hold."

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yet another knock-off from China

    Come on guys, these rumours are just sightings of the garbage that is being knocked off in China. Look up the word 'gullible' on and see the entire description including a photo of yourself.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    can I buy a case yet?

  1. facebook_Micah

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2011


    More hype!

    I dont get why people keep on buying these stupid products, too much money for nothing. A friend told me she got one from , but to be sincere I wouldnt even take it for free.

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