Leaked photos of Apple’s iPad 3 have surfaced before it’s official release, still a few weeks away. The origin of these pictures is believed to be a Radiant Opto-Electronics factory in Wujiang, China which purportedly houses four complete models of the iPad 3 currently. These photos were posted to a Chinese forum originally. The photos show screens, claimed to be of Samsung origin, and could well be for the iPad 3.
The photos are not too clear and this is credited to strong security surrounding the components. Apple is immensely secretive and protective of it’s as yet unannounced hardware, so it’s not surprising that the photos are blurry. However, it was only a matter of time before China proved to be the vulnerable spot in Apple’s strong supply chain.
Although an occurrence like this is highly unusual and suspect, the 9.7″ screens shown certainly do look like they could be for the iPad 3. Boxes of screens, which will head to Foxconn eventually, are not made by Sharp as we previously reported they might be. Shipments of the screens shown are not only marked with Samsung’s logo, but are also sealed by it’s tape. The next step for these packages is supposed to be shipping through customs to South Korea and then to Apple.
If the screens, coded J2, are actually what they are supposed to be, they are likely to be high resolution Retina Displays with a pixel density of 2048 x 1536. The source that published the photos has suggested that the external design of the iPad 3 is identical to its predecessor. The photos themselves seem to confirm recent reports of the iPad 3 having an improved camera. The camera module stealthily captured in photos is slightly different than that of old iPad’s, increasing chances of it being 5 or 8 MegaPixels.
If the iPad 3 is all that it is being rumoured to be, it’ll prove to be a massive success in all likelihood. The Retina Display alone could guarantee astonishing sales. The date when the world will finally know exactly what the device will be like is nearing. The general opinion is that Apple will unveil the highly anticipated device on March 7. Till then, stay tuned for more rumours pertaining to the iPad 3.