iLounge claims that its “most reliable source” has confirmed that Apple is planning slight changes to the build of three of its key product lines: The iPad, the iPhone and the MacBook Pro.
The next-generation iPad, iLounge’s source says, will be around 0.7mm thicker in order to accommodate dual-light bars needed for a higher resolution display. The iPad 3 could be shown off in January and is on course for a March 2012 launch.
The iPhone 5, meanwhile, will get longer by about 8mm in order to accommodate a 4in screen and will have a metal casing, probably aluminium. It won’t have the rumoured ‘teardrop’ shape, the source said, and is still in the engineering phase with a winter 2012 launch date expected. There is a possibility that an LTE chip will be included.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro will be overhauled in 2012, and is likely to get thinner, according to the source. We’ve already heard a couple of rumours about a thinner, 15in MacBook in the past few weeks.