More rumors point to a thicker iPad 3

The thicker build may even make some iPad 2 cases incompatible with the rumored iPad 3

Many rumors abound on the next generation iPad, including a previously reported rumor on the iPad 3 possibly being thicker than the current iPad 2 design.

Now, sources close to Japanese website are claiming something similar. While the iPad 3 will likely have the same 9.7-inch screen size as the iPad 2, the backside of the future tablet may be thicker than the iPad 2 and different enough that the device may not be backwards compatible with certain iPad 2 cases.  The front Smart Cover, though, may still be compatible.

Exactly why the tablet may be thicker is not mentioned in the source, but the belief is that Apple will use the additional girth to fit in additional lighting in order to adequately illuminate the rumored high resolution “Retina” display.

If the iPad 3 will indeed be thicker, it is expected to be larger than 8.8mm (iPad 2) or even 13mm (iPad) in depth. Of course, we will have to wait until official announcements directly from Apple before these rumors can be confirmed. While the iPad 2 is still king in terms of recognition and sales, the advent of quad-core tablets (i.e. Asus Transformer Prime) is beginning to make headlines of its own.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-12- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.