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iPad 3 to Receive Improved Cameras, iPad 2 to Drop to $399 [Rumour]

by on January 5th, 2012

Some more iPad 3 rumours, this time once again from iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz, tweeting from his twitter account just prior to the start of CES. Here’s what his source tells him:

1) A few next-gen iPad notes, ahead of the show. Both cameras are getting upgrades. Front goes HD, rear becomes iPhone 4/4S-like (bigger).

2) Body of the next iPad is, as we previously reported, getting just a little thicker to accommodate new parts – little = 1mm give or take.

3) Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.

4) Looks likely that iPad 2 will stick around at lower price point, say $399, and next iPad with high-def screen + cameras will sit atop it.

5) Incidentally, our source believes that the next iPad’s rear camera will be the same as iPhone 4S’s, b/c camera hole is very similar.

6) If Apple is in fact moving the front camera to FaceTime HD, calls from the next iPad to current Macs + vice-versa will look _much_ better.

7) Source thinks date will be similar to iPad 2’s. Correctly says a January launch (never likely) would anger holiday 2011 iPad 2 recipients.

Jeremy’s source also kicked to the curb the former Digitimes story about a larger iPad with double the battery life.

iLounge similarly had a former source reiterate about the similar form factor last November:

The third-generation iPad will become modestly thicker (0.7mm) in order to accommodate the twin light bar system needed for its higher-resolution display. It’s currently on track for a March timeframe release, and according to our source could be publicly shown as early as January, depending on conditions.

It would be logical to assume the iPad 2 cameras would improve since the front facing VGA camera is horrendous, but the rear camera is 720P capable. As for the design, the iPad 2 is still very thin and to increase thickness by 1 mm would be nothing at all.

As for the iPad 2 price drop? That is plausible as Apple slashed original iPad prices the moment the iPad 2 was announced. Stay tuned for more rumours as CES kicks off. You can bet we’ll see more ‘leaked’ iPad cases like last year.

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  • Ryan Wilson

    One thing I think for sure won’t happen, I doubt they’d show it that early before a release date (if it in fact gets released in March). There’s no way they would show it off, and also say that the price is going to be dropped on the iPad 2 with 2 months in between.