We have previously seen images of the iPad 3′s reworked case design, however new images published on Tuesday give us a better look at the subtle differences we can expect from Apple’s next-generation tablet when it launches next month. The photographs, which were posted by MIC Gadget, reveal that the slate is between 1 and 1.5 millimeters thicker than the iPad 2, however it still fits in some iPad 2 cases according to the report. The iPad 3′s rear shell has a more gradual taper to the edges of the tablet, and it features a narrower bezel and larger camera lens compared to its predecessor. The iPad 3 is expected to be equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina Display, an 8-megapixel camera, embedded 4G LTE and a larger battery. Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference on March 7th. Hit the break for additional iPad 3 images. More →
An Apple hire from earlier this month ignited rumors that a composite, fruit-branded smartphone may be in the works. Kevin Kenney, the employee in question, assumed the position of “Senior Composites Engineer” at Apple after a 14-year stint making carbon fiber bicycles. The origin of this latest, notebook related rumor seems to be a blend of Mr. Kenney’s hiring, sprinkled with a dash of information published by iLounge earlier this year — stating that a “milestone” update to the MacBook Pro laptop family was due in 2012. The most recent Apple fodder has the company revamping its MacBook Pro line with a black, composite casing and improved specs. Not a lot of firm ground to stand on with this one, but worth mentioning nonetheless. More →
It goes without saying that this is nothing more than a rumor, but alleged images of the next generation iPhone casing have surfaced from China. Said to feature a slip-resistant matte black coating and be made of metal as opposed to iPhone 3G’s plastic, the case in the photo even features a new model number of A1303 and all of the appropriate FCC ID numbers that are not usually found on your typical iPhone-related fakery/Photoshop job. One thing of note is that while the rumor does state that the back casing is made of metal, as you’ll see in the last photo after the jump looks suspiciously like it was made of injection-molded plastic. Plus as anyone who had the first iPhone will remember, the reception was often extremely spotty due the metal backing interfering with RF signals. On the flip side of the coin however, the leaked iPhone 3G case that ended up being real last time around originated from the same spot as these photos – the iPodObserver blog. Granted it wasn’t quite as far before the 3G’s release but hey, you never know. Hit the jump for a couple more pics.