In an attempt to discover as much solid empirical evidence as possible, we discovered some images of the interior of the third-generation iPad's rear shell and formulated some logical inductions based upon the findings. Based on our discovery, it appears that the third-generation tablet will include more internal physical space for a higher capacity battery. Based on images leaked from RepairLabs, the width of space for the logic board in the third-generation iPad casing is much smaller than the current iPad 2, allowing for more room to fit a denser and physically larger Lithium-Ion Polymer (Li-Po) battery. Moreover, the new casing design supports claims that the third-generation device will indeed be able to accomodate a larger battery.
The images also reveal that the LCD mounting system has been redesigned. Whether or not the third-generation iPad will have a Retina Display with 2560 x 1536 or similar pixel resolution has yet to be confirmed. The finished product has yet to be signed off, but it seems clear that Apple will be implementing all-new IPS panels for these tablets.
Lastly, the images show that the device's camera lens positioning seems closer to the top-right edge than the iPad 2, suggesting either a new CMOS sensor entirely or simply a repositioning of the current sensor technology.
Nevertheless, we expect Apple will formally announce its plans in early March as it did with its second-generation tablet. The iPad 2 was announced on March 2, 2011 and made available the following Friday on March 11, 2011. We expect a similar announcement and release strategy for the third-generation device.