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iPad 3 Will Have Same Design But Slightly Thicker & Improved Camera [RUMOR]

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know that rumors about the upcoming third-generation iPad are definitely pouring in. The iPad 3 is expected to be unveiled by Apple by the first quarter of this year and to be precise this coming March. Now we get another report from iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz who claims that he was able to see and hold the iPad 3 in person.

iPad 2 Side by Side

Pictured Above: A Pair of iPad 2

According to a blog post made by Horwitz, one day ahead of the CES 2012, he claims that he was able to see in person what's allegedly the next generation iPad. According to him, there is no noticeable difference between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 and he even compared it to the case of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The difference will only be apparent if the two devices are placed next to each other.

Yesterday, one day ahead of the 2012 CES, I saw what’s supposedly the next-generation iPad. I’d show you a picture, but there’s honestly nothing to be seen. Think iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S: this device so resembles the iPad 2 that differences are only obvious when they’re placed next to each other. From the back, you could walk past this new iPad on display and have no idea that anything had changed.

Aside from the lack of any redesign, the iPad 3 is also said to be slightly thicker when compared to the iPad 2. The increased thickness is roughly 1mm and won't even be noticeable to an average user. Horwitz added that the camera on the upper left of the device is a bit larger and is silver-ringed which is quite similar to the iPhone 4S improved camera, sans the LED flash. The next iPad could really use the camera update considering how mediocre the ones that are found in the current iPad.

Horwitz feels that considering the very modest improvements of the iPad 3 from the iPad 2, it is highly possible that Apple will be using the same naming scheme as the latest iPhone with its "4S" suffix. Which means that the next-gen iPad may be named the "iPad 2S" or perhaps the "iPad 2HD". According to him, the unit that he saw didn't feel like it was newly manufactured but he just chalked it to the fact that it could be a pre-production unit. All of these seems to coincide with Horwitz's previous report.

So will you buy a next-gen iPad with no redesign and slightly better specs when it comes out in March? [via iLounge]

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