iPad 3 to have 8 megapixel camera and more tapered design?

Apple Daily, a news publication based out of Taiwan, have posted what they claim are images of the upcoming iPad 3, acquired through “inside sources”. One alleged shot shows the next-gen iPad from a side/rear overview perspective, and another has all three iterations of the iPad side-by-side. From the latter, the iPad 3 appears slightly more tapered around the edges than the iPad 2, and the camera lens is noticeably bigger. Speaking of which, Apple Daily says that the rear camera will be 8 megapixels, up from the 1 megapixel in resolution of the iPad 2. Other specs they claim the iPad 3 to have are the retina display and quad-core A6 chip, as well as a release date of March 7th. These are in line with a previous Bloomberg report that states production had already begun as of mid-January, and a March launch date had been targeted by Apple.

Below is another image posted by Apple Daily, a comparison shot of a component found in the iPad 2 and iPad 3.

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iPad 3 to release in March with Retina Display, Quad-core process and LTE

According to a report by Bloomberg, production for the iPad 3 has already begun and will be ready for a March launch date. The third gen iPad will also sport a quad-core chip, the long rumoured Retina Display and have support for LTE.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s next iPad, expected to go on sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.

While the quad-core processor and retina display should not come as surprises for the iPad 3, the fact that the upcoming tablet will be compatible with the much faster LTE network before its iPhone counterpart is somewhat surprising. Bloomberg’s sources explain that the iPad “has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology”. Of course, that’s not to say that the iPhone 5 won’t be compatible with LTE when it does release later this year.

Rumour Mill: iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch screen, iPad 3 a high-res display

One of the most hotly discussed feature of the iPhone’s release in 2011 was its speculated 4 inch screen. Well, we all know how all that turned out after the 4S was announced. Fear not though for all those of you clamouring for the larger touch screen. According to iLounge’s “most reliable sources”, the next gen iPhone (aka the iPhone 5) will indeed have a 4 inch display, along with some other prominent changes:

Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.

As for the iPad 3, it’ll supposedly be slightly thicker (0.7mm) to house a twin light bar system for the long expected higher res display (retina?):

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.

Finally, the source also notes that the MacBook Pro could very well receive an all new (thinner) design in 2012 :

Barring some huge and unexpected issue, 2012 will be the year when the MacBook Pro line gets its new design. Think thinner.