iPad 3: slimline battery points to sizer zero design

Long life, but batteries will be more costly

iPad 3 gossip heats up as rumours of new parts emerge from suppliers.

Apple looks set to make the iPad 3 even slimmer than the current 8.8mm iPad 2. News has emerged from supply chain sources in Taiwan that Cupertino has ordered a batch of lighter and thinner power packs for its next-gen slate.

Word from Taiwan Economic News suggests that these slimmer batteries will cost Apple up to 30 per cent more. With prices of tablets falling sharply though, it’s unlikely iPad hungry punters will have to bear the brunt of this increase.

On top of the new design, the new batteries are said to kick on for longer, meaning the iPad should keep going for longer than its purported 10 hours for surfing and watching video.

When the iPad 3 will actually hit shelves remains a mystery. Talk about an end of year update has died down, with most experts now expecting Apple to stick to its annual upgrade cycle, with a new version out in early 2012.

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