Dream iPad 3 concept design

iMore dream iPad 3 concept by John Anastasiadis

John Anastasiadis conceptualizes a Liquidmetal, carbon fiber, full screen iPad 3 that absolutely, positively will not stop until the iMore nation is awed.

We've already posted our iPad 3 event preview, rounding up all the rumors and outlining what we think Apple's likely to do with their next generation tablet. We've also asked you what you, our readers, expect from both the hardware and the software as well. Okay. Fine. Done. Good for us. Now it's time to have some fun. Now it's time to forget practical, forget realistic, and go full out, balls-to-wall, sky's-the-limit gadget porn.

Georgia and I, along with kickass product designer John Anastasiadis, brainstormed what we'd love to see in our dream iPad 3. We didn't go entirely Iron Man or Avatar transparent aluminum on it, but we didn't hold back much either. John then fired up his imagination and his rendering engines and brought it to vivid, virtual life.

  • Smaller bezel: more room for that gorgeous 2048x1536 Retina display
  • Capacitive home button and volume keys: Touch is the new click
  • Quad core: Super fast, super fluid, with 1GB of RAM and 128GB of storage just because
  • Single model: One device to rule them all: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3G, and international 4G LTE
  • Liquidmetal frame/antenna array: future materials for future speeds
  • Squared, angled edges: flat like the iPhone, still easy to get a finger under
  • Carbon fiber back: Light enough for a Kindle bikini chick
  • Super HD cameras: Crisp FaceTime in front, 1080p in the back
  • Surround-sound speakers: Forward projecting, room filling
  • Micro dock connector: Save room inside because more battery is more
  • And Siri, of course

The driving principle was emersion. We wanted to get even more of the device out of your way and really let the content shine. A Retina display that big, that expectantly beautiful, deserves to be the absolute star of the show, bar nothing. (And definitely bar 3D. Yuck.)

The chipsets to make a single SKU don't exist yet but they're getting closer. Even though 4G LTE is a bag of frequency hurt, and Gigabit Wi-Fi is still a ways off, they're on the horizon. Likewise with 24nm 128GB NAND Flash storage at affordable prices. (Yes, even our dreams need to maintain the $499 entry point.)

Keeping the Home button was essential (our moms would find gestures utterly undiscoverable) but making them capacitive instead of physical seemed like a fair middle ground. Apple bought the rights to Liquidmetal, so why not put it use? It could maintains structural strength while still letting the frame flatten out and better match the current (and perhaps future) iPhone aesthetic.

Carbon Fiber was a tougher choice for the rear. John pointed out right away that it's not a radio-friendly material. This is fantasy though, and we wanted something that was really strikingly different. (So just imagine the antennas run through the Apple logo in the back -- which is why it's not yet glowing in this version! -- and around the Liquid Metal edges.)

Better cameras were a no-brainer, and Georgia insisted it was time Apple pay equal attention to better audio. Making the speakers surround sound and turning the to face front means they'd rock hard enough to make Dr. Dre run home and rethink his beats.

And yeah, the micro-dock, just because.

For more of John's work, check out his terrific BlackBerry 10 concept with a wrap-around screen and then head on over to the Anastasidias Portfolio for even more amazing design work (including a bonus render of our dream iPad 3).

Once you're done ogling, come back here and tell us what your dream iPad 3 would look like, or better yet -- jump into our Designers Forum and show us!

Have something to say about this story? Leave a comment! Need help with something else? Ask in our forums!

Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Dream iPad 3 concept design


What about expandable storage?
What about iSize? A sizable iDevice. Pinch to expand. Make it iPhone size for your pocket and use a gesture to make it a nice 20" pad for all your artistry needs.
Levitation? What about that? Weight is no longer a concern.
Metabolism inductive charging. Burn calories while watching Netflix.

while that would be cool its meant to be ideas its possible that apple would do levitation being able to change the unit size and recharging off your muscles are even possible yet so its unlikely to be in a consumer product

@reneritchie, love the site, forum, and especially the POLLS. Here's a great question for a poll. "Have you upgraded iCloud storage from the default 5 GB?"
Alter the question as necessary.

With all due respect fo the work of the designer, but the current one looks much better. BTW, carbon fiber is highly overrated, it is not environment friendly, degrades with sunlight, dulls and scuffs with time, and does not take direct impact well. Aluminum is a better material in all accounts.

What's so special with this one. Looks like a fking car battery , huge and clunky.
I thought the whole idea was a step forward ;)
Luckily it's just a concept and we are days away from the real one. Which most likely will look almost exactly like 2

Carbon Fiber is not envirnmentally friendly either....its high cost comes from the tremendous amount of energy reuired to manufacture it.

Blinking indicator light on the front of the phone to alert you when you have new texts/missed phone calls even when the screen is off. And 128 gb of storage to boot.

John designed a killer dream BlackBerry concept not long ago. He submitted it to CrackBerry.com where it received rave reviews. He missed the mark with this one though. Perhaps because the iPad doesn't need a redesign. Now the iPhone for that matter...

This concept just looks like crappy HTC hardware. If anything, I would rather it look like the first gen iPad. I personally liked the look and feel of that one over the second gen.

Love the specs. It's hare to imagine we could get all of this for a decent price, but we can dream, right?

John's concept is admirable. I would certainly purchase an iPad with a capacitive home button and volume keys, a quad core with 1 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, one that comes as a single model [Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3G, and international 4G LTE], super HD cameras operating at 1080p, a micro dock connector, and Siri. However, I agree with a majority of the posts that the case is a step back from the current design. Give it one more try John!

Not sure how you hold this device with no bezel hardly. But i do like the darker black. And i appreciate the extra weight of the speakers. Why get rid of home button? I don't a capacitive home button.
Let's let apple do the designing.

sorry but not close to my style. I don't find the look clean or sexy or minimal which i prefer and was job's style. I love black but that carbon fiber back just doesn't suit me. I'll be honest like the guy above me, I much prefer Apple's ideas about design rather then the huge majority of the masses.

Re: "Smaller bezel: more room for that gorgeous 2048×1536 Retina display"
That one was Georgia's, we're guessing. But it won't happen. It needs a bezel wide enough for a thumb. Why? Because you can't comfortable hold an iPad in your palm the way you can an iPhone or iPod touch. That' why iPhone and iPod touch have such narrow bezels. The iPad 1 and 2 both had a thumb-sized bezel. iPad 3 (and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 ad nauseam) will too.
Re: "Carbon fiber back: Light enough for a Kindle bikini chick"
Always wanted a carbon fiber iPhone and/or iPad. But carbon fiber probably isn't recyclable enough to satisfy Greenpeace. And autoclave-curing the carbon fiber is extremely energy-intensive. (Keeping our fingers crossed for Liquid Metal here.)
Re: "And Siri, of course"
Of course. Probably in iPad 3 from day 1, with iOS 5.1.

I hate capacitive buttons and I don't think I'd like a bezeless tablet, there's no way to hold it.
What I want:
-More: SSD - we're talking huge amounts of memory
-Function: a new OS that's half iOS and have OSX - when docked, it acts like a laptop, when undocked, it's a quick little tablet but that has access to the same pool of documents
-Comfort: I want more magnetic accessories. I have a hard time holding my ipad in bed, I'd love to have some sort of comfortable handle that magnetically attaches to the side and makes it more comfortable to hold.
-Weight: I want it to have the same battery life but be lighter, always lighter. If they could cut the weight in half I would be more excited than if they doubled the speed, improved the graphics, or anything else they're probably doing

The problem with not hardware buttons is that if the thing freezes you are stuck. Having a two-button combination for reboots is crucial, particularly because you can't just pull th battery.

I'm gonna start making Apple design concepts if this kinda crap keeps making it to the front page of major sites.

Add me to the list of those not impressed by this mockup. As Apple manages to shrink the components, we'll see less and less of a bezel in future iPads, and that'll be nice, but the chunky sides of this design aren't visually attractive, nor do they look comfortable to hold.

I absolutely love it , the back is rugged for everyday use like I use it and the speakers point forward giving you the sound not the guy in front of you! And the glass edges covered by the bezel around the front! I have dropped my iPad 2 and it just barely hit the corner front and "CRACK" yes absolutely love it! But do need manual home button for reboots unless we can change it to the sleep button some how?

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