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Photos of Claimed 'iPad 3' Dock Connector in White Surface

Taiwanese site Apple.pro has posted [Google translation] photos of what is claimed to be the dock connector and ribbon cable for the next-generation iPad.


While the part is a proprietary but relatively standard one that provides no specific insight into the device's specs, one interesting observation is that the actual connector portion is white rather than the black color seen on the iPad 2. The dock connector on the iPad 2 is embedded in the curved aluminum shell of the iPad 2 and not the black or white bezel, and is in fact black on all models.

Consequently, it is possible that this white dock connector portends a modified case design in which the dock connector itself would be preferred to be white, as is found on white iPhone 4 models. The dock connector on the original iPad was white, however, despite the fact that the device came only in black and the connector was similarly embedded in the aluminum shell.


There are of course no guarantees that the part depicted in the photos is indeed a genuine dock connector for the iPad 3 as claimed, but the part carries a very similar form factor to the existing part and a part number updated from 821-1180-A in the iPad 2 to a newer 821-1259-06. The tail end of the ribbon cable also makes a 90-degree turn in the new part, whereas the iPad 2's dock connector ribbon cable is entirely straight.

Apple has been rumored to be introducing some sort of updated iPad in the fall timeframe, with most sources suggesting that it should be considered a "pro" or "plus" version of the existing iPad 2 carrying a higher-resolution display rather than a full-fledged iPad 3. But it is unclear from these posted photos whether the part is indeed claimed to be from the rumored "iPad 2 Pro" or an iPad 3 that would presumably make its debut in 2012.

Apple.pro has in the past posted photos of genuine Apple parts, most notably last year in the case of a small touchscreen that made its way into the redesigned iPod nano a few months later.

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36 months ago

Wow. A dock part.


I agree with this comment and have nothing substantial to add to it.
Rating: 14 Positives
36 months ago
Happy Birthday, Liv!
Rating: 10 Positives
36 months ago
Wow. A dock part.
Rating: 10 Positives
36 months ago

it will probably turn out to be an iphone 5 connector or some other device that's not ipad3 lol


The ribbon cable is far too long in the horizontal direction for an iPhone.
Rating: 5 Positives
36 months ago
Glad I didn't buy iPad 1 or 2 :)
Rating: 5 Positives
36 months ago
hope liv likes dock conectors!!
Rating: 5 Positives
36 months ago

-There are 18 different iPad models. Why in the world would apple add more.

-they are just now catching up to iPad 2 demand.

-the iPad 2 is currently undefeated with no competition in the near future

-concentration needs to be on the new iPod touch and iPhone 5

-an iPad with just a better screen is not worth it so early, especially with iPad 2 doing so well. The A5 is brand new. This new won't have an A6. It could be 1ghz, but that still isn't enough for an early upgrade to a device when the 512 is doing just fine. iOS is so simplified, we don't HAVE to have 1ghz

I guess Apple is just going to throw a new device out there JUST BECAUSE. Believe it when I see it


Totally and completely wrong.

An iPad with a 2048 x 1536 display & possibly FaceTime HD, would essentially destroy what competition there is. It would also drive iPad sales through the roof for the the holiday quarter. Are you even aware the number of the people uninterested in iPad 2 due to the lack of improved display? Its almost guaranteed that Apple makes huge improvements to the iPad display in the next edition, and there are a LOT of people holding out for that model.

Yes iPad 2 is selling faster than Apple is making them, but that is nothing. Apple is adding an entirely new company to the factory list to fix that problem, and be able to offer more products, sooner.
Rating: 4 Positives
36 months ago
Ahh. This is the new iPad PRO with the new PRO ribbon device to connect to dot-matrix printers.
Rating: 4 Positives
36 months ago
Happy Birthday, Liv.

You're not getting older, you're getting better!
Rating: 4 Positives
36 months ago
Someone is going to get fired.
Rating: 4 Positives

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