Since a purported iPad 3 back shell image leaked out earlier today, we’ve been digging into the story behind the image, where it originally came from, and some of the intricate details behind the part. For one, there are not only a few of these back shells being floated to repair shops, but there are sizable amounts of these parts being built in China. This adds credence to reports that the iPad 3 is in production, and likely means that things are moving full steam ahead of the rumored March launch.
Next, the original image comes from a Chinese supplier who provides parts to iPad repair shops across the globe.
Perhaps the best news of the night is that we’ve got a very high resolution version of the image. Click the image below to view the full super high-res version. The iPad 3 is rumored to include a Retina Display, faster processor, improved graphics, and better cameras. As hinted at by these back shells, and previous rumors, the iPad 3 will likely sport a design that closely mirrors the iPad 2 design.
Update: Our friends at Apple.pro have also obtained photos of the iPad 3 back shell, and they have a photo of the outer back portion. It appears that the camera lens is larger than the iPad 2 camera lens. They also say they’ve confirmed the iPad 3 will feature magnets to support the Smart Cover. You can catch that photo after the break as well.