In a recent report by DigiTimes (via 9to5Mac), Apple is reportedly testing two iPad 3′s which are codenamed “J1″ and “J2″. Though company has not yet finalized which one of the two prototypes should be launched, a new code string found in iOS 5 source code (screenshot below) seems to confirm the earlier report by DigiTimes. The report also claims that the J2 is actually just the 3G model and it is possible that there is a J1, but that has not been found in the iOS 5 code.
Citing from the source:
Apple is currently giving two tablet PC projects codenamed J1 and J2 to its upstream partners for development. The sources revealed that the major differences of the new tablet PCs compared to the previous model are their size, specifications and technologies. Since the new tablet PCs have a higher resolution, Apple has demanded the design of the light source to be changed from a single LED light bar to two LED light bars on the left and right sides of the machine, but since the method of adopting two LED light bars has created difficulty in shrinking the machine’s thickness, some vendors have come out with designs that only adopt one light bar, but are packing two LED chips into one package.
The sources pointed out that the J2 project seems to be an upgrade version of the J1 and although Apple has not yet decided which project will be used for the final launch.
The J2 iPad 3 being found in iOS 5 code means the device is actually in testing right now against an iOS 5 software release.
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