As with any rumor that has so many steps to get public, and especially with ones originating from a reseller, there's no telling how valid this photograph is. The gang at Macotakara claims that the flat cable in the picture looks similar to the motherboard connector that resides in the iPad 2, but coming from a company that appears to fix iDevices, I wouldn't doubt if the part was doctored a bit.
The iPad 3's display has been a hot topic for rumors, most of which point to a Retina Display to match the clarity of the iPhone 4 and 4S. DigiTimes and the Wall Street Journal both cited sources that Sharp would be the producer of such a display, giving the iPad 3 a ridiculously appealing 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution. A Korean news outletdisplay, though, claiming that Sharp did not meet Apple's standards.
As the official launch date for the iPad 3 gets closer, expect to see more of these sorts of stories. Leaks of parts, cases claiming to fit the new design, and mock-ups claiming to have inside knowledge of Apple's design plans for the iPad 3 will no doubt be a big part of the prelaunch rumor mill.
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