As Apple fans anxiously awaiting the reveal of the iPad Mini tomorrow, it looks like they will have something else to look forward to, as a refreshed version of the third-generation iPad might make an appearance as well.
While the device supposedly won’t be completely altered, keeping its same design to remain compatible with cases, the tablet will allegedly feature the new smaller bi-directional Lightning port that Apple debuted with the iPhone 5. The news comes as a photo of the updated slate apparently sporting the new dock connector, instead of its 30-pin predecessor, surfaced recently.
Considering Apple’s tendency to stick with its traditional launch schedule, under which a new model of the famous tablet shouldn’t be seen until March, the move would come as more than a bit of surprise. Then again, if the company hopes to make the transition to Lightning as quick as possible, the mid-cycle change could align with its needs.
This isn’t the first rumbling of an updated iPad coming soon, with previous reports pegging the refresh to bring global LTE, like that on the latest iPhone, as well as improved heat dissipation. Though if much more than tweaks are made to the device, customers who bought the new iPad will likely be angry with Apple for releasing a completely revamped model so soon after the launch of the most recent version.
With Tim Cook and Phil Schiller taking the stage tomorrow, it is only a matter of hours until we find out the truth about the highly-speculated 7.85-inch iPad Mini and a refreshed version f its bigger brethren.