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Apple iPad 3 'to feature 8MP camera'

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The iPad 3 may feature an 8-megapixel camera when it is announced as expected next month, as Apple attempts to keep ahead of its tablet rivals.

Taiwanese publication Daily Apple (via Apple Insider) claims to have tracked down a genuine iPad 3 casing, which appears to show a larger lens than the often criticised 2-megapixel camera in the iPad 2.

The report speculates that the tablet will have an 8-megapixel camera similar to the iPhone 4S, capable of shooting 1080p videos. It also says that the slightly tapered edges of the tablet casing would appear to accommodate a larger battery.

The addition of a better rear-facing camera would help the iPad keep ahead of the many Android tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy 10.1.

According to widespread reports, the iPad 3 is expected to come with wireless 4G LTE connectivity and feature a proprietary A6 processor.

MacRumours also claims to have obtained a casing for the third iteration of the iPad from a source within Apple's production chain.

The casing shows that the iPad 3 will have the same 9.7-inch form factor as previous incarnations, but with the much speculated Retina super high resolution display.

In its report, MacRumours says: "When comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display's pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2."

It adds: "Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048x1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024x768. Such a screen should be able to display much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads."

Apple is expected to officially announce the iPad 3 on March 7, with the product likely to go on sale two weeks later.

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