A new report has surfaced claiming that the battery in the iPad 3 will be thinner and lighter than the one in the iPad 2.
In addition to being smaller than the current battery, the new one will reportedly offer a longer life span, even though the iPad and iPad 2 have been lauded by critics and users as having one of the longest-lasting batteries for tablets. If the reports are true, a slimmed down battery will need to meet higher standards for quality and reliability, which could up Apple’s production cost by 20 to 30 percent. While that doesn’t mean the iPad 3 will be 20 to 30 percent more expensive, it does mean Apple may be looking to offset the cost elsewhere, or it could simply make a lower margin on each device sold.
The same report suggested the Apple’s upcoming tablet will also be thinner and lighter in design, among other improvements. The new compact battery could possibly give Apple the space to add a Retina Display, which the iPad 3 was first rumored to have. However, previous reports have revealed that Apple’s suppliers are facing manufacturing challenges and supply constraints while trying to produce such a screen.
The iPad 3, originally rumored for an October release, is now expected to launch early next year due to production complications. Suppliers Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology will start rolling out the new battery pack to Apple during the fourth quarter, ramping up into full production in the first quarter of 2012, according to the report.