New iPad 3 Images Reveal Home Button And Colour Options

New images have appeared online adding further speculation to the specification details of the forthcoming iPad 3.

The images, leaked in a report by MacRumours (via Repair Labs), show what is alleged to be two iPad 3 front panels in black and white, inevitably leading to suggestions that the device will be available in both colours from launch.

Most notable though is the fact that the main photo clearly shows home buttons on both parts, casting doubt on the widely held assumption that the new Apple tablet will ditch the button in favour of on-screen gesture control (an assumption that was fuelled by the recent Apple media event invite). Similarly, the front-facing video camera appears to retain the same position as in the iPad 2.

Following analysis of the images, observers have suggested that the only difference between the leaked panels and those of the iPad 2 is a 1mm thickness increase and a different cable connection leading to renewed speculation of a retina display.

Further reports from BGR are suggesting the additional launch of a smaller 7.85-inch model later in the year, and also the unveiling of a cheaper 8GB iPad 2 at some point in 2012.

With rumours hitting fever pitch it is safe to assume that the iPad is set to dominate the headlines between now and 7 March.

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