iPad 3 sounds more like the iPad 2S

The coming iPad 3 is starting to look like the iPad2S with most of the parts and the look being pretty much the same.

According to IB Times, which claims to have spoken to a deepthroat in Apple, the exterior of the iPad 3 mirrors that of the iPad 2 only it will be slightly thicker thanks to its bigger battery, an improved camera, and a dual-LED system to make the 2048 x 1536 display even brighter.

Apple would be in agreement with the world that the camera on the iPad 2 really is useless, and has upgraded it to the 8-megapixel camera which is being used inside the iPhone 4S.

It will also come with a refreshed version of its operating system, iOS 5.1.

Apple has built two different versions of the device, including a tablet that only uses wi-fi and one that is capable of wi-fi, embedded GSM and CDMA, and global LTE connections.

The mystery is whether it will get a quad-core A6 processor, which would double the speed and power found in the iPad 2. If that is the case then it will be worth looking at, but will have to compete with the earlier tablets which Apple will be expected to cut the price of.

It is expected that the iPad 3 will cost about $499 and the iPad 2 will likely drop to about $399, and the first iPad to $299.

However, there is some talk that Apple might try to swat its rivals in the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and the $249 Barnes & Noble Nook by offering the iPad 1 for about $200.