Rumor: Supposed iPad 3 digitizer photos leaked

By Rick · 9 replies
Mar 1, 2012
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  1. Fix-iPhones claims to have new photos of the iPad 3's digitizer (the glass front that provides touch-sensitive input). They've posted the photos on their Repair Labs blog along with a…

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    They were not just empty rumors. There's a reason why people realized that the iPad on the invitation was clearly not in landscape mode.

    The adjusted background image on an iPad 2 when held horizontally is different than when held vertically. By analyzing the positions of certain drops in the default background when and when not in landscape, you can identify the one on the invitation is <i>not</i> on landscape, as the drops on the invitation's iPad are adjusted in a position where--when compared to an iPad 2's image--the drops are seemingly aligned in the exact, expected places: Here.

    That's not to say, of course, this proves there is not going to be a home button. But it certainly was enough to have fueled the speculation you found a bit sensational.
  3. Maybe it simply is upside down? :)
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    Thanks for sharing this interesting tidbit -- I hadn't seen anything about this earlier.

    After thinking about this for a moment, I think the above is easily explained by what we observe in pretty much all ads: screens seem to always be photoshopped on the final image because of issues with viewing angle, lighting glare, reflections, scan lines etc..

    Assuming that does explain it, the superimposed image on the tablet may have been a screen taken from an iPad in portrait mode. That would make for a solid explanation, or at least an alternative to the home button actually being gone.

    It's a really clever observation though... and it may still be true...
  5. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Indeed, that's precisely why it's a rumor; nobody really knows for sure (until it's officially released, that is) which—out of the two or three possible explanations—is true.

    Anyway, I hope it turns out to be not true. That would give Windows 8 tablets an advantage (I think Windows 8 got it right with the all-touch approach), as I believe the home button on such large screens is an unnecessary use of spatial resources (even more so, as after iO5, the iPad 2 supports multi-touch gestures for both exiting an app and multitasking, making the need to have a physical home button diminish ever so quickly).
  6. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Already people are so enthralled with the iPad3 that they are willing to argue about the orientation of a device in an advertisement? *mind boggled*

    When Apple stops releasing a "new" device every 26 weeks like clockwork at hundreds of dollars a piece I'll consider looking at getting one. Even then, the thing will be locked inside and out so I can't do anything to it/on it that I would really want to with a mod, so I'll probably never own an Apple device. The alternatives that come out a month later are usually better, cheaper, and can be upgraded/modded if required.
  7. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    They are not arguing about the orientation of the device because they find extremely interesting to simply... argue about the orientation of the device. No one is that much of a fanboy.

    They are talking about the orientation of the tablet to find out whether the iPad on the invitation is: 1) An iPad 3 or 2) Conclude whether the iPad 3 will have a home button or not, as by analyzing the invitation closely you could easily infer the latter. It is regular, healthy speculation for a famous device.
  8. Joel416

    Joel416 TS Rookie

    China sources within the Apple distribution chain is warning about screen shortages despite Apple's several suppliers.

    Digitimes for one claims: "Apple has chosen Sharp to replace Chimei Innolux (CMI) as one of three suppliers for the high resolution (QXGA) panels - in addition to LG and Samsung, the whole supply chain has failed to substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels, the sources revealed."

    With predictions of 55 million units for the year, this could be a choke on supply.

    Pad 3's are widely expected @ 2048 x 1536/9.7" screen space vs. 1024x 769 currently.

    Might not be enough 3s until the later in the year.

    Rumours abound?Apple might roll out a smaller screen size, shy of 8 inches.
  9. Who Cares?

    they announce the ipad in 3 days!
  10. Joel416

    Joel416 TS Rookie

    Is that official now?

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