Some more alleged parts of thehave leaked -- this time it's a pair of front panels that hold the screen, known as "digitizers", according to our sister site . And the most notable thing is the Home button is there as standard.
This pours doubt on the idea that Apple isin favour of controlling everything via on-screen gestures. The invite for showed an image of an iPad without the button, though it could've just been lying on its side with the screen in landscape mode.
The panels have come from a gadget fixing service called Repair Labs. If genuine, they show Apple is sticking with black and white colour schemes, and the hole for the front-facing video camera is in the same place.
The only difference seems to be that the panel is 1mm thicker than that on the iPad 2, with a different cable connection. Could that extra thickness be anything to do with the retina display we're expecting to see?
A couple of weeks ago some enterprising sleuths got their hands on iPad 2's screen -- a whopping 2,048x1,536 pixels compared to 1,024x768. That means sharper, better defined images, so it's good news for fans of movies and games.. It's said to have twice the resolution of the
This looks like the main difference from the existing iPad, and could lead Apple to name the device therather than the iPad 3. There might even be a smaller version in the works -- could be landing this autumn.
Appleon Wednesday, which would explain the slogan on the invite: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
We'll be there Wednesday, with all the announcements as they happen. What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.
Image credit: Repair Labs