It’s crazy to me that the iPad 2 just launched 6 months ago, and already there seems to be a slew of iPad 3 rumors flying about. Personally, I can’t picture Apple launching another tablet this year, but we’ve been hearing all kinds of gossip that suggests otherwise.

The word on the street is that Apple is looking to release a 3rd iPad this fall. The device is expected to have double the screen resolution of the iPad 2, and will be geared toward the “Pro” crowd in need of a sharper display…

Apple.pro published an interesting photo yesterday of what they claim to be an “iPad 3” component. Though Google doesn’t offer much help in translating the surrounding text, you can make out a few bits here and there:

“The mysterious Deep Throat, California has passed the sheets could not help but picture my iPad 3 parts. As far as I know Apple has an internal inventory, so at this time I can not tell you the name of Deep Throat revealed.”

The part appears to be a 30-pin dock connector, and judging from the size of it, it would have to be for an iPad. But as the writer points out, it doesn’t look like the charging port of the iPad 2. Could this really be a piece of the next iPad though? It’s possible.

If this is indeed a next-gen iPad component, it would mean that manufacturers are already ramping up to start producing Apple’s next tablet. That would line up perfectly with the rumors of a fall launch.

I have to say though, I’m still skeptical. It seems like Apple just got its iPad 2 production problems under control, and now they’re going to turn around and launch a new one? I just don’t see it.

What do you think?

  • Techno709

    awesome i wana buy XD

  • Jasper

    I personally think this is bullshit. I mean, come on, Apple isn’t even on schedule with his iPhone releases and they have just released an new generation of the iPad. And just think about it. When did Apple release 2 new generations of a single product is Apple’s whole history? 0 times. And come on, they have just gain a little bit control of their iPad 2 orders. Just think anout this. This is bullshit.

    • Trev

      Aww boo hoo cry me a river

  • Techno709

    Cookie Monster Rawrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Kurt

    the back is aluminum…thats an ipad. do i think they will release an ipad this fall. yes. why? because other tablets are coming out with superior hardware specs and software. by the end of the year there should be some amoled screens out with better screens than the ipad, so if they want everyone else to look like 2nd place they need to release it now or possibly suffer.

    if the touchpad had a superior screen, i would jump ship, head over to HP and never look back.

  • Jordan

    Could this not be the dock connector that is used in the ipad2 display stands in apple shops, they have a hole in the back (where the apple logo is) and a cable going in through there. Surely these will use a different dock connector cable because of this!