It’s about time for an iPad 3 leak. New images are showing off the alleged 30-pin port on the iPad 3. While this might not sound like a big deal at first, there are a couple of changes that seem subtle but interesting. First of all, the connector inside of the port is white. On the iPad 2, the connector was black on both the black and white models. Secondly, the rest of the connector continues to form a 90 degree angle. On previous iPad models, the connector continues straight to later connect to the motherboard.
What do these changes mean? We have no idea. However, there might be more to the story that can’t be seen in the pictures. For example, this might be a faster connection than the old 30-pin connection systems. These couple of changes were enough for this connection system to get an upgraded part number. Previous connectors earned the part number 821-1180-A. This new connector will be called 821-1259-06. Going from 1180 to 1259 appears to be an upgrade, however it’s not entirely clear on how Apple’s part numbering system works.
We might just find out what this is all about this Fall, when it is rumored that Apple will break the standard iOS device refresh cycle to release the iPad 3 before the end of the year.