The rumor mill went into high gear after RepairLabs posted an image featuring the back housing for the next generation iPad. The alleged iPad 3 photo shows several changes when compared to the iPad 2. Here's RepairLabs conclusions after comparing the two devices (the iPad 2 is on the left, iPad 3 on the right):
A. You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different allowing for . . . .
B. More battery. The width of where the logic board sits on the iPad 2 appears much larger than that of the iPad 3. We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that.
C. The camera is different. It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing, but what we can expect is a different camera on the iPad 3 than what we had on the 2.
D. LCD will be different than what we have had before. Whether or not it will be the super screen we have seen reported will have to wait. But the different mounting does mean that the LCD has been redesigned at the very least.
The RepairLab report doesn't reveal anything new, but it does confirm some previous rumors. iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz already revealed that the iPad 3 would most likely feature an "iPhone 4S-like" camera, and most sources agree that the iPad 3 will feature Retina display which will require more processing and battery power.
The real iPad 3 curveball comes from The Verge, who claims the A6 CPU will not be a quad-core chip. This contradicts previous rumors that the iPad 3 would feature a quad-core processor which would also consume more power. Recent leaks of an alleged iPad 3 prototype pointed to the A6 processor being faster than the A5. The Verge's unnamed source agrees that the A6 will be "significantly more powerful", but will remain dual-core.