The latest rumor regarding the iPad 3 is that the battery pack will be thinner and lighter with a longer service life.
The iPad 3 has yet to be announced by Apple, though rumors have begun to surface straight from the supply chain. This latest rumor will not come as much of a surprise, as Apple are always looking for ways to improve the batteries used in their products with each new device they release.
The new batteries are also believed to be 20-30% more expensive that the current batteries used in the iPad 2. They will ship later this year and the iPad 3 will enter production in Q1 2012.
The two suppliers of the batteries will be Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp; both of which are Taiwan-based companies. The reason for the price increase is that the new batteries use “advanced technologies” in order to meet “CTIA IEEE 1625 standard for better quality and safety reliability”. Whether or not the price increase will be passed onto the consumer when the iPad 3 is released we will have to wait to find out.
Apple as always are keeping tight lipped on the iPad 3, however it is expected that it will feature a Retina display much like the displays seen on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab.