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  • Possible Photo of Third-Generation iPad Revamped with Lightning Connector


    A recently released image claims to show a slightly modified third-generation iPad with a Lightning connector port, possibly pointing towards an imminent release of a refreshed iteration of the iOS device. The photo was posted to Apple.pro and shows a full-size iPad back case with a small dock hole seemingly meant to support Apple’s propriety Lightning connector. One thing to note is that the authenticity of the image cannot be confirmed and is therefore provided for purposes of discussion only.

    The new shell is supposedly shown resting atop the current iPad with 30-pin dock connector, showing the differences between the two cutouts. Furthermore, there is a Lightning flex cable on top of the case, which appears to indicate that it perfectly lines up with the slot. As of right now, it isn't clear if the component will be used in the revamped iPad but it does seem likely.

    As time goes on, Apple is expected to bring Lightning connectivity to all of its iOS products as they are refreshed. This will offer compatibility to the upcoming accessories for all iOS devices. The proprietary standard is seen as a long-term investment for the company and is expected to have a lifetime of ten years, which mirrors that of the 30-pin dock connector. As of right now, it isn't certain whether Apple will release the slightly modified iPad but it may take the opportunity to do so at the upcoming event, where the company is expected to unveil the 7.85 “iPad mini.”

    Source: Apple.pro
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Possible Photo of Third-Generation iPad Revamped with Lightning Connector started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. femibrim's Avatar
      femibrim -
      Sooooooo hopefully I can switch out my iPad 3 for the newer one....
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I don't see how people are goin to trust holding their iPad up by that tiny connector
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      I don't see how people are goin to trust holding their iPad up by that tiny connector
      It's a lot sturdier than you think. Plus when docks come out like they all have they have supports for certain devices
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      iPad 2 and iPad 3 owners get ready to sell..haha! Guess we're getting an updated iPad 3 after all. Makes sense as they already have the new iTouch, iPhone..why not the iPad too?
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      iPad 2 and iPad 3 owners get ready to sell..haha! Guess we're getting an updated iPad 3 after all. Makes sense as they already have the new iTouch, iPhone..why not the iPad too?
      At the moment I believe an old dock iPad 3 will be more valuable than a new dock.

      At this moment in time it just has more support.
    1. redstar299's Avatar
      redstar299 -
      I really doubt Apple is going completely change production midstream for the simple benefit of having the lightning connector .. When the Third Generation iPad is designed to have it and they will still be producing 30-pin connectors for quite some time.- makes zero sense to change production and launch a refreshed version of a product
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by redstar299 View Post
      I really doubt Apple is going completely change production midstream for the simple benefit of having the lightning connector .. When the Third Generation iPad is designed to have it and they will still be producing 30-pin connectors for quite some time.- makes zero sense to change production and launch a refreshed version of a product
      You're right they should've kept the MacBooks with the same processor and specs. No! This would be a good idea to launch a new product. The iPad doesn't really have any externals to improve on anymore: screen, camera, etc. Make the change to the connector and add the better a6 processor.

      Personally, I think apple should call the new iPad mini, the iPad air. Stay consistent with other lineups.

      I know some people will disagree but the iPad isn't like the iPhone, it doesn't need anymore external features. The iPhone which is more mobile will need to keep up with other technologies. Maybe revamp the iPad every couple of years, but every year is ridiculous.
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      600 bucks for a lightening slot.. Lolno
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colin9001 View Post
      600 bucks for a lightening slot.. Lolno
      The rest of the iPad comes with it...
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Nice photoshop job
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      Nice photoshop job
      Thats what cases look it before thy are finished.
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      If I was a new iPad 3 owner, I'd be pretty upset about this. It will cause lots of confusion regarding accessories and compatibility.

      If I was a new iPad owner, I'd be pretty upset about this. It will cause a lot of confusion with accessory compatibility.

      My comments aren't showing. I see only one comment, even though it says at the top there are 12.
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      Why would you want this. Lightening adapter and A6 processor? Big whoop
    1. chad2ss's Avatar
      chad2ss -
      Wow look at the apple logo. That's so fake Stevie Wonder could see it. Stupid. There's no updated iPad and the next one NEXT SPRING will have a lightning connector.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colin9001 View Post
      600 bucks for a lightening slot.. Lolno
      I fail to see anywhere where anyone said you should buy a new iPad just to get a different connector.

      Be gone, troll!!
    1. titoget's Avatar
      titoget -
      I'm sure lightning connector is not just for 10 years, its here to stay. It's already smaller than the small USB charger.
    1. shant1010's Avatar
      shant1010 -
      you can see that they photoshoped the apple logo... its a fake
    1. iDeadman's Avatar
      iDeadman -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      The rest of the iPad comes with it...
      ^this
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      Why would you want this. Lightening adapter and A6 processor? Big whoop
      I would take the a6. My iPhone 5 is noticeably faster than my iPad 3.
    1. Gervs's Avatar
      Gervs -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      Why would you want this. Lightening adapter and A6 processor? Big whoop
      Funnily enough, as an iPad 3 owner, those 2 things solve the only problems I have with my iPad 3; slow charging & laggy preformance on CPU intensive tasks.

      I was told by an apple genius that the lightning connector charges devices a lot faster as it dynamically selects how many pins are used for charging based on if there is any data transfer or not. I dnt know if this is actually true or just PR speak.

      The A6 chip in my IP5 is truly wonderful, you can throw CPU hogging tasks at it and there is no noticeable lag, my iPad 3 on the other hand has so much lag in similar task that when I first got it I thought I had been sold an iPad 2.

      It's just a shame that I can't trade in my iPad 3 for an updated one. It's more of a shame I didn't just wait for a Microsoft surface Pro tablet as that is capable of completely replacing my laptop.