The iPad 3 will boast much longer battery life and a subtly different design, leaked cases purported to be from the tablet suggest.
Images claimed to be of the slate's rear shell, which were sourced by RepairLabs, reveal that the iPad 3 will feature a larger logic board. This has been interpreted that as evidence that the third-gen slate will be home to a bigger, longer-lasting battery.
Close inspection of the shell when compared with the iPad 2 also flags up slightly different placings for the LCD screen and the rear camera, suggesting that any design changes we're in store for are going to be fairly incremental.
Alas, the images categorically fail to provide any clues as to whether these features are due their much-rumoured upgrades this time around.
The so-called leak comes after months and months of increasingly febrile and, at times more than a little fanciful, speculation over the iPad 3’s spec sheet.
Features deemed likely to be on board include an iPhone 4/4S-style high density retina display, a beefy quad-core processor and wireless stylus support.
Apple's next-gen tablet challenger is thought be in production now, ahead of an anticipated launch in March.