iPad 3 To Feature Thinner, Lighter Battery, Arrive Early 2012

Posted in Apple News, iPad on 06/09/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Apple has just acquired suppliers for the upcoming iPad 3’s battery backs, reports the Taiwan Economic Times (via BGR). The battery units will be both thinner and lighter than those in the iPad 2, and could cost Apple 20-30% more per unit.

According to the report, the battery units will be supplied by Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International technology Corp, and in addition to being thinner and lighter, will also feature a longer service live than the previous batteries.

The move to a thinner and lighter battery could mean that Apple is slimming down the casing of the iPad 3 from the already extremely thin dimensions found in the iPad 2, or it could indicate that they are working to fit a beefier Retina-level display or more powerful internal components.

The batteries are expected to reach Apple’s hands by the end of Q4 2011, and the iPad 3 is expected to be released sometime in early 2012, in order to keep with Apple’s established annual release schedule for the iPad.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.