iPad 3 Front Cover Confirms Home Button, Smart Covers Support In Hands-On Video


05.03.2012

iPad 3 Front Cover Confirms Home Button, Smart Covers Support In Hands-On Video

We are getting very close to the March 7th Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco therefore the iPad 3 rumors will intensify. The folks over at MIC Gadget have managed to get their hands on some iPad 3 parts and accessories therefore they’ve been able to confirm and disprove some theories.

The iPad 3 will have a home button, contrary to what some sources said in the past. The time when users will control their iOS tablet using only finger gestures hasn’t come yet therefore the next iPad will indeed have a home button. Also, Apple will not change that storage options meaning that the iPad 3 will be available with built-in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash memory.

The home button has been spotted in an iPad 3 front cover piece, while the storage options have been confirmed by very reliable sources. We wouldn’t have expected otherwise as the iOS tablet will not have a microSD card slot therefore it cannot offer significantly less internal storage than its Android competitors.

Because the iPad 3 will not feature a 4G LTE chipset, and bigger or smaller flash storage, the price of the tablet will remain the same, with iPad 2 prices already cut down. Users who will opt for a 3G iPad will get their signal from the same Qualcomm chipset found in the previous generations. Like Steve Jobs once said, 4G LTE isn’t available in too many markets and it drains too much battery therefore Apple is going to wait.

Several 3rd party iPad 3 cases have also been put on sale, and they’ve confirmed that the tablet will have tapered edges. The next iPad will be slightly thicker than the current generation, however, the aforementioned tapered edges will give users the impression that it’s thinner and lighter. Thanks to the said edges, iPad 2 cases will also fit the iPad 3 therefore you won’t be needing to buy new ones unless you want everything to be perfect.

In addition, iPad 3 Smart Covers will fit into the iPad 3 which is, quite frankly, one of the best news possible for the fans because they won’t be required to spend another dime on a smart cover.

Case makers said that their accessories will be available from day 1 in all markets where the iPad 3 will be available.

Apple is actively preparing for the March 7th iPad 3 announcement where a new Apple TV is also rumored to make an appearance. Some sources say that the company will launch a new Apple TV, some claim otherwise therefore we’re still going to have to wait for more information.

In the meantime, check out the iPad 3 front glass, rear shell, and cases hands-on video below to see for yourself that the new tablet will be very similar to the previous generation.



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