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Leaked iPad 3 shell measured at 0.81mm thicker than iPad 2

updated 01:45 pm EST, Tue February 28, 2012

Still thinner than iPad 1

A new photo depicts the iPad 3's shell as being 0.81mm thicker than that of the iPad 2, according to In the image, both tablets are being measured using digital calipers. The iPad 2 registers at 8.69mm, while the iPad 3 is a straight 9.5mm. Apple's official specifications list the iPad 2's thickness as 8.8mm.

The image would appear to support other reports that the iPad 3 is somewhat larger. If real, the difference represents a rare backtracking on size for Apple, which is normally focused on making products thinner and lighter. Either way the device should be thinner than the iPad 1, which was 13.4mm and often criticized as too heavy to hold for extended amounts of time.

Apple today announced an iPad event for March 7th. The one confirmed fact of the new hardware is that it will use a much higher-resolution display, similar in pixel density to the screens used on the iPhone 4S and the iPod touch. Extra thickness may be needed to accommodate this and rumored features, such as LTE, better cameras, and a quad-core processor.

by MacNN Staff




  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's a good thing that your readers know what you meant to write rather than what you actually wrote: for 86.9 mm read 8.69 mm and for 95 mm read 9.5 mm.

  1. armwt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    "The iPad 2 registers at 86.9mm, while the iPad 3 is a straight 95mm. Apple's official specifications list the iPad 2's thickness as 8.8mm."

    I ahm SOOOOOOOOO confuzed.
    Are you guys hiring an editor by any chance?

  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But how many kilometers thicker is that?

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who has actual iPad3?

    It's also a bit funny that is measuring a device that hasn't even been officially announced. I wonder where they got a device to measure? Watch out, Apple lawyer's are on the way!!!

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares/

    If it is slightly thicker? This specs obsessions means almost NOTHING to the vast majority who buy this stuff.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The original iPad measured 13.4 mm, according to Apple's specs.

  1. QuoLies

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Funny how they compare a 3G mobile version with a non mobile version. BTW Carbon Fiber is in the works either next iPhone or here. Lastly Quo computer lies.

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