iPad 3 rumored to have 8 megapixel camera, more tapered casing

Adding fuel to the blazing hot iPad 3 rumor fire, NextMedia claims to have gotten actual pictures of Apple's next-generation tablet, along with specs indicating the rear camera will be 8 megapixel. Physically, the casing looks very much like the iPad 2 but with shaper, more tapered edges.

They also echo the March 7 event date iMore heard previously, as well as the Retina display and quad-core Apple A6 processor. They don't seem to mention anything about 4G LTE, though the Wall Street Journal has previously confirmed that.

Going from the 1 megapixel camera in the iPad 2 to 8 megapixels in the iPad 3 is quite the jump. If the optics are anywhere near as good as the iPhone 4S Apple's tablet will have gone from a photographic joke to a serious shooter in one generation flat. It won't be anywhere nearly as convenient to use as an everyday camera, the way the iPhone is, but it will be great for when you need to take a picture, capture a document, or shoot some -- presumably 1080p -- video.

Source: NextMedia via Apple.pro via MacRumors

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  • What about a camera flash?
  • I'm not sure about this. The camera embedded in the tapered edge, really? The sensor looks a bit scew-wiff in the photo of the 'Ipad 3' lying on its front.
    You never know though, Apple put the headphone input on the tapered edge on the IPad 2!
  • Placing the camera in the tapper is weird.
    On anthor note. Please come up with a decent name for this site. It's one of the most visited iPhone sites around and the best you could come up with was iMore??? What was wrong with TiPb anyway
  • I agree, iMore is a ridiculous name. TiPb is admittedly outdated, but really, iMore is the best you guys came up with? iLame.
  • ya not feeling the imore name either
  • I hope they make the front facing cameras at lest 1.3 megapixel, I want nice semi clear self portraits/group shots.
  • I don't care how many megapixels it is, but it had better have auto focus capabilities for scanning documents or no upgrade for me.
  • i ACTUALLY Always wanted the taper to be a little more spread out. I assumed it would make the tablet feel a little more slate like. GREAT NEWS. Quad core, high res screen, better cameras, LTE, bigger battery to support it. If they keep the price I will def be getting one. Apple did say they made early contracts to eat up supply of high res displays for years to come and keep there prices low. Its very possible to see everything this time around.
  • I'm looking forward to upgrading my iPad again this year, but the bloggers and rumors are setting up so many to be disappointed again. There is simply no way that Apple will roll in as many upgrades and new features as some rumors suggest. For me, the retina display and faster processor is enough reason to upgrade; anything else is "gravy".
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  • Two questions,
    Will the Ipad3 have Siri?
    If the overall shape is similiar, will Ipad covers from the Ipad2 be transferable to the Ipad3?