Supposed iPad 3 parts assembled on video, unsurprisingly looks like iPad 2

Supposed iPad 3 parts assembled on video, unsurprisingly looks like iPad 2

A set of the supposed iPad 3 parts, like the ones that have been floating around for weeks, have again been put them together, and again offered them up for the internet's collective viewing pleasure. This time it's M.I.C Gadgets doing the inverse-teardown (build-up?) and... there's nothing much surprising. It looks like an iPad 2 that's the tiniest bit thicker and has a more pronounce tapering around the edges. They do, however, think 4G LTE is unlikely at this point.

iPad 3, as we said before is the same size in terms of memory. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB are the flavors of the day here, no surprises. Readers will also be pleased to know that the price has not increased either. We at M.I.C. feel that this is because the rumored LTE will not be integrated. As indicated in our previous in depth article to Apple’s mobile strategy, we said there was a very limited market for LTE at this time. Also, the LTE chipset adds an extra cost to each unit, which the normal Qualcomm 3G chipset does not incur. We also feel that it will most likely be added to the next model, as opposed to this one. Our sources concur with us on this as well.

The Wall Street Journal previously confirmed 4G LTE for the iPad 3. iMore heard it's coming but not whether it would debut in the iPad 3 or later this fall in the iPhone 5.

If accurate, and now that we can rest doubly assured all the parts do indeed fit together, we can turn our attention to what will likely be the more interesting part of the iPad 3 event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 7 -- the software.

New features in iOS 5.1? Siri? New Apple apps? Apple's managed to keep those bits of news almost completely under wraps.

Source: M.I.C. Gadgets

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Blue says:

Im not really disappointed, but I was expecting SOMETHING that would differ this iPad from the old one. How will people know I have the 3? D: Also. Wishing for interactive bezel.

Shameer M. says:

If you're buying an iPad 3 just so people can notice you then you have more money than brains.

AmaurieRaz says:

Only with Retina Display everybody will know that you have an iPad 3

stewm says:

Just remember to carry the receipt like a flag and scream I HAVE THE IPAD 3 LOOK AT ME!
Then as the men in white coats fits that snug jacket onto you and drag you into a secure form of transportation everyone will look on shake their heads.
If you feel that you need to have the latest and greatest to identify you then you really need help of the psychiatric type.
Even if if the iPad 3 turns out to be totally different and unique looking people still wouldn't stop, stare and gasp and say "Oh my god, she has the iPad 3!" and then swoon in your presence!

rdbecker says:

I couldn't care less if you had an iPad 3 or a Palm Pilot.

2oh1 says:

1mm thicker isn't really thicker in a real world sense. It'll probably easily still fit in an iPad 2 dock... but then again, the changed taper may make it difficult to slip into place on the dock...? Maybe...? I'll be curious to see how that goes.
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barkersL says:

Wow they definitely went out with no embarrassment. And man, what a bummer. Looks just like the iPad 2 I mean...I thought it was gonna look at least something like imores concept.

Hello says:

Hi imore just wanted to say the YouTube videos on your website don't seem to play on my iPad 2

Dixie Recked says:

Then that means your iPad 2 is a fake..........plays just fine on mine.

Juan carlos says:

It dosent play on my iPhone ither

Sancho90 says:

Came for alleged iPad 3 parts... Stayed for the funky jam!
All jokes aside, maybe I'm in the minority here, but this is exactly what I expected... And I'm just fine with that.

Definitive says:

Expected... But are they showing current ipd 2 cases fitting the 3??? That's good if so. May pick up a case now before they are sold out again.

FlopTech says:

Apple probably loves the fact that everyone is so fixated on their hardware designs. Fanboys, haters, and Samsung copycats alike. We all obsess over the slightest detail, down to the last fraction of a millimeter. We all miss the forest for the trees.
Yes, hardware sales are Apple's major source of revenue. But hardware is just part of the process of delivering that signature Apple experience. Jony Ive's fantastic work is hugely important but not the real reason people buy Apple products. Hardware + OS + apps + infrastructure and the effortless interaction between them is the reason. Try copying that.

Shameer M. says:

You're totally right but fanboys will be fanboys (or fanatics).

Ren says:

Looks like the iPad 2 prototype

2oh1 says:

I wonder why Apple isn't sending out Cease & Desist orders. That seems odd.

Rene Ritchie says:

They used to, but it only confirmed the parts/picture were genuine so they stopped.

Hammer says:

I wonder if Apple will actually point the speakers to the person using the iPad instead of exactly the opposite direction?
For crying out loud please change the speaker direction so I do not need to cup my hand to hear the audio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TFausett says:

Wow maybe it will be called the iPad 2S. Never thought I would say that.

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