The iPad 3 better be thinner as new Toshiba AT200 Tablet beats the iPad 2.
Let's have another look at the iPad 3. By now everybody should have adjusted to the fact that there will be no new iPad this year. The iPad 3 will come in Q1 of 2012. Besides a higher resolution and a faster CPU it is very likely that Apple will make the iPad 3 thinner. At the IFA 2011, Toshiba unveiled the AT200 Tablet that is only 7.7mm thin. The iPad 2 is 8.8mm. A new iPad has to be at the edge of what is possible in terms of thinness and battery life.
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Taiwan Economic Times (via BGR) reports today that Apple hired Simplo and Dynapack to make an iPad 3 battery that is 20-30% thinner than the one in the iPad 2. The new thin battery would increase the cost for Apple, but a new ultra-thin battery with long life is of course worth the reduced margin.
The report also confirms that the mass production of the iPad 3 launches in the first quarter of 2012.