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iPad 3 to Feature HD Front Camera, iPhone 4S-Like Rear Camera & No Redesign

If anyone can recall, Apple's current generation tablet device, the iPad 2 has been unveiled by the company back in March last year and it went on sale a few days later. Now that we are in January, this means that we are awfully close to the typical release cycle of the iPad which is this upcoming March. With that of course, it is expected that rumors about the iPad 3 will be going full-throttle anytime soon.

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According to a new report, the next generation iPad will be getting some serious improvements especially with regards to its camera. The juicy details came from iLounge's Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz, who claims that he has source that's familiar with the whole iPad 3 situation. According to his source, both the cameras of the iPad 3 will be getting some upgrade. Front camera will be going HD and the rear will be similar to the iPhone 4S. Allegedly, the next iPad will be sporting a thicker from factor as well in order to accommodate the new parts. Give or take the extra thickness will be about 1mm, but the changes would not be enough to call it a redesign.

Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.

Also, according to Horwitz's source, the iPad 2 will not be completely replaced by the upcoming next-gen iPad. Instead, it will be used by Apple for a lower price point of $399 while the next iPad with HD Retina Display will serve as the high end model. The source thinks that the release of the next iPad will be around March, similar to the iPad 2. It is unlikely that Apple will be doing a January launch because it will aggravate customers who have bought an iPad for the holidays.

By selling two iPads at once, it seems that the Cupertino giant will be following the same structure as its smartphones just like how the iPhone 4S is complemented by the cheaper iPhone 4. Expect more news about the iPad 3 soon. [via 9to5Mac]

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