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Claimed iPad 3 shots, details point to 8MP camera

updated 01:10 am EST, Sun February 19, 2012

iPad 3 may take big leap in camera tech

Another alleged sighting of the iPad 3 back casing and internals has lent incidental support to rumors that the new Apple tablet could have an eight-megapixel camera. Conducting one of the few direct comparisons between old and new, Taiwan's Apple Daily showed both a conspicuously larger rear lens and maintained that it would have an eight-megapixel camera. It also asserted that the anticipated A6 upgrade would be a quad-core chip, although contradictory stories have mentioned a faster dual-core chip in its place.

The lone full shot of the purported iPad 3 case back showed a possibly steeper taper than on the iPad 2, although whether this was to minimize a slightly thicker body or other factors wasn't apparent. Much of everything else, down to the volume rocker and single speaker, was virtually identical.

Other publications have referred to multi-carrier LTE support and have gotten into more detail of the Retina Display screen, which should be a 2048x1536 panel in the same 9.7-inch size.

Although appearing here to be drawing on existing rumors rather than its own contacts, the daily paper supported talk of a March 7 introduction. Some now expect the in-store date to be March 16, since it would fit a pattern of Apple shipping new iOS devices the Friday of the week following an unveiling.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quite possibly -

    The LAST iPad.
    For what is there to improve?

    Except maybe Foxconn's working conditions...

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I am sure you'd be willing to pay 10% to 20% more

    Foxconn makes less than $20 for making each of the iPads, so I am sure the consumers who are bitching about working conditions would be more than willing to pay $50-100 more on each iPad, huh?

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Arnie has a teeny brain

    It shows up every time he puts something on here. There will be plenty of changes to the future iPad. Technology and innovation do not stand still for the faint of heart.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My take on those people

    who are so concerned about Chinese working conditions are a relatively few handful of consumers. For the most part, I doubt most are even aware of the working conditions and would be more concerned about the overall cost of purchase. Most of the hate directed against Apple is because certain factions claim that Apple is making too much profit from the ruination of human flesh (sic). As an Apple shareholder, I believe that profits are what Wall Street wants, far more than if Apple provided excellent working conditions for employees and lost profits. Apple is caught between a rock and a hard place and if putting a little salve on a sore spot helps, then they should do it. Doing so will quiet down the ugly side of manufacturing for a while and then the dirty business can continue as usual as it has for the last thousand years. Workers in developing countries will always appear to be mistreated compared to super-power nations. Not that the super-powers don't have their own dirty working conditions.

  1. Pixelsmack

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Or how about Apple takes less a cut..

    Then the Chinese workers we seem to care so much about could get paid more by their bosses.


    How about Apple take a minuscule hit in its' massive profits and build iPads over in the USA? EH? No? I mean I know it's cool having like 52-billion in cash doing nothing and god forbid it only be 51-billion...49-billion...or whatever.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    where's the context

    Folks talk about how Foxconn makes like $20 an iPad for building them, but what are the costs to them. $20 isn't so bad if the costs to them are only $5.

    Folks talk about how the workers make like $2 an hour. But is that including all non cash forms of payment or is that $2 an hour on top of the company paid rooms, food, uniforms, health care etc. And $2 an hour isn't actually that bad if it turns out that their cost of living need is only 50 cents an hour.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Last iPad?

    What about imrpoved battery. I doubt any celing has been reached in terms of battery life.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Contract wages...

    The reality is that when you have nothing to offer but labour then the value you add is very little and you only get rewarded for that value. Samsung use to have low margins but they moved from being a manufacturer of other people products to manufacturer of their own. Admittadly their products are c*** but none the less they get more now than what they used to.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Right on!
    Interesting you only got -3 so far.
    Bet raising awareness on the awful working conditions at Foxconn had something to do with it.

    Apple IS huge, and it's attitude towards it's contractors and manufacturing practices can create a following just as it's top notch Industrial Design does.

    If the dark consequences of owning Apple products (or most competitors) gain enough momentum in the public eye, Apple (and copycats) will have resort to better practices. LEt them figure out the profit margins, I bet Apple can be way ahead on most just on this aspect alone, at least with the advantage it's sales numbers provide.

    Bringing high-tech robotic manufacturing back to the USA,
    would make even consumers that dislike Apple's tactics, hurry out and buy the first iThing with the "made in the USA" sticker.

    I still keep on my studio a Newton (way ahead of it's time),
    with removable batteries, and the "proudly made in the USA" sign.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @Paul Huang

    How about taking that amount off from Apple's executives pay? (or Apple's lawyers...)
    Bet it will not make ANY noticeable dent on their income.

    The problem here is one of unleashed and unbound GREED.

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