iPad 3 parts are supposedly cropping up all over China. Following yesterday’s spy shots of a purported iPad 3 enclosure (here and here), Japanese blog Macotakara today published the above photo allegedly depicting a high-resolution panel manufactured by Sharp. According to the blog, the part was obtained by parts reseller Eye Lab Factory, which means take this with a few pinches of salt. It looks like 9.7-inch panel, and Macotakara said its flat cable corresponds to a similar cable connecting the iPad 2’s LCD panel to the motherboard.
The display is said to be a XQGA variety equaling 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution. Macotakara claimed last month that Foxconn and Pegatron Technology began assembly of next-generation iPads for an early March launch (and iLounge concurs). Unnamed sources also told Macotakara that Sharp would supply 2048-by-1536 resolution panels for iPad 3, which is a notion in line with earlier reports by DigiTimes and the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, another source revealed new iPad 3 replacement parts….
Chinese parts reseller TVC-mall posted images said to depict iPad 3 replacement parts. Specifically, what you are looking at below is an internal earphone audio jack and a Bluetooth antenna flex cable. Both are available on the reseller’s website and are claimed to be replacement parts for Wi-Fi iPad 3. While the latter looks almost identical to its iPad 2 counterpart, the former reveals some differences in the audio jack components. However, it is entirely possible this particular reseller is exploiting the iPad 3 hype to get some attention.
- Purported iPad 3 shells floating around China, here’s a very high-resolution image of the inside (9to5mac.com)
- Supposed iPad 3 case compared to iPad 2, suggests bigger battery and different screen and camera (9to5mac.com)
- iPad 3 to not include quad-core processor? (9to5mac.com)
- Pegatron and Foxconn reportedly begin assembly of iPad 3 with Sharp display, launching in early-March (9to5mac.com)
- Rumor: LG and Samsung confirmed as iPad 3 display suppliers as Sharp fails to meet Apple’s approval process (9to5mac.com)
- Rumor: iPad 3 launching in March, “strange” Apple event due February (9to5mac.com)
- Debug tool shows quad-core A6 and LTE capabilities on iPad 3 (9to5mac.com)