iPad 3 shell shots spied on web
Snaps point to bigger battery. Possibly
Snaps are circulating Apple and iPad fansites revealing that the upcoming iPad 3 will hold a larger battery than its predecessor… probably.
One shot, from repair site Fix-iPhones, shows the inside of what's claimed to be the back of the iPad 3's casing . The site infers that the re-sited screw holes and such mean the new tablet will contain a different sized motherboard in order to make room for the bigger power cell.
Indeed, LTE is proving something of a battery hammerer where it has been implemented in smartphones in the States, so it's no surprise Apple would want to pack in as big a power pack as possible.
Past rumours have claimed the iPad 3 will be fractionally thicker than the iPad 2 as a result. Heavier too, we suspect.
The snap shows some slight differences in the positioning of the iPad 3's rear-facing camera, but nothing that will seemingly make any practical difference when the product is available for use. Expect a similar-sized speaker as the current model sports.
A second shot, this time posted by Asian website Apple.Pro, shows the external face of the iPad 3's rear , which reveals the differences between it and the iPad 2's backplate are of the 'blink and you'll miss them' type.