updated 05:30 pm EST, Mon December 27, 2010
iPad 2 case comparison shows major design change
The second generation iPad's design details may have been confirmed on Monday through the first known instance of a hands-on with a pre-release case (video below). Coming from the same outlet that described design details, the look compared the new case to an original iPad and noted that the new frame was, as claimed, much more like that of the 2010 iPod touch. It showed the larger back speaker and a camera hole just large enough to match that of the iPhone 4's, albeit without flash.
Unusually, the case has a significant cutout along the top edge. The space could contain the flash but may also be to leave the 3G antenna space exposed. Such cases have room for inaccuracies but are usually based on pre-production design specs leaked out in advance to small case manufacturers, many of whom are often located near factories in southern China.
If reflective of the final model, the case would point to Apple following a similar strategy with the iPad that it did with the iPhone, where the second edition was a major redesign with significant feature changes. Most expect it to now have dual cameras, a faster dual-core processor and possibly a higher resolution display. Any cases may have come very early as the new iPad might not ship until April.