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The iPad 3, The iPhone 5 And A New iDevice Charger: This Week In Apple Rumors

First Posted: 02/27/2012 2:28 pm   Updated: 02/27/2012 2:28 pm

Every week the numerous blogs covering the machinations of the Apple empire float tons of unconfirmed rumors, futuristic speculation and questionably-sourced reports on what the company might be unveiling in the near or distant future. Let's take a look back at what the Mac blogs were excited about during the week of February 5 - 11. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter.

Is This The First Photo Of The iPad 3?
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According to rumors, the iPad 3 is about ten days away from its official unveiling (the tablets may be on the planes from China as we speak), and tech site MICGadget might have just posted the first photos of the next-gen iPad.

Well, sort of: MICGadget thinks it has a "production piece" of the iPad 3's back shell. Compared with the iPad 2 -- well, the two are pretty similar to the naked eye. The iPad 3 has more tapered edges and a larger camera but is otherwise nearly identical on the outside -- just like how the iPhone 4S looks like the iPhone 4.

One slight, slight change: Like many of us, the new iPad leaves winter wearing a larger pants size, as MIC Gadget's iPad 3 shell is 1 to 2 millimeters thicker than the iPad 2. This is presumably to accomodate the rumored Retina Display, which would up the new tablet's screen pixels from 1,024x768 to a stunning 2,048x1,536.

For many, many more pictures of what could be the iPad 3's shell, head over to MICGadget (and tell 'em that Jason sent ya!).

So: We have an iPad 3 case. In this way, this week's Apple rumors begins much like many episodes of CSI -- with a lifeless carcass. But what would the iPad 3 say if it were alive? Would it be able to speak? In other words, would it have...Siri? According to the latest rumors, and in the parlance of another handheld, advice-giving assistant: All signs point to Yes.
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