updated 10:45 am EST, Thu December 23, 2010
New iPad 2 case leak backs speaker plans
Claims that the next iPad would have a large speaker were supported today with the spotting of a listing on AliBaba for a pre-release silicone case. Unlike past case leaks, the new example from C&T Industry shows the previously mysterious back opening with a speaker grill in place. Its version of the opening doesn't run to the very bottom and suggests the speaker might be entirely rear-facing.
The case still fits in with earlier examples and has a space for a camera on the back as well as the mandatory mute switch and volume rocker. Although C&T uses an image of an iPad, it's believed this is for reference and not a direct indication of what the finished product will look like.
Case leaks are increasingly common for Apple mobile devices, as small Chinese often get unofficial access to the dimensions from contract manufacturers months in advance of release. Most of the tips so far have pointed to produced iPads shipping to Apple in January or February and releasing by April.