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iPad 2 case gets hands-on, supports iPod touch-inspired back

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.













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  1. facebook_Jeff

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    I hope

    That is NOT a shipping case cause it looks cheap as sh*t....

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    @facebookjeff

    Of course it's not a shipping case. You might have missed the fact that the product this (prototype) case is meant for doesn't exist yet and is therefore not shipping either.

  1. bjojade

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    Joined: Jun 2007

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    A funny joke.

    Someone 'leaked' some design specs, and manufacturers rushed to put this case together. Who's saying that Apple didn't orchestrate this spec and pass it out to different places just to see where the leaks are? Now that they see the design that was made, they can go find out where the leak came from and close up that hole.

  1. testudo

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    Wait....

    I thought this was trying to show off the new iPad case (which would have been an interesting video). But, oh no, this is just showing us some crappy red case that goes around the iPad. Like we're supposed to believe that's an iPad back there.

    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).

    Because we know Apple is always getting their products into the hands of 'trusted' case manufacturers really early so they can get their cases made. And they love it when these people then put together videos to show off their case work (exactly who was this video made for?).

    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.

    Or, it could be that they have no idea what the iPad is going to be like, so they left a big gaping hole in case it has a flash somewhere over there!

    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.

    I didn't realize the second edition iPhone was a major redesign of the first. Though a slightly different back, wasn't it fairly the same? I would consider the first 'major' redesign to be the current model.

    Most expect it to now have dual cameras, a faster dual-core processor and possibly a higher resolution display.

    Yeah, and I remember everyone saying that about the iPod touch last year, and yet.....

  1. MyRightEye

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    Clearly Photoshopped

    You can see the pixels.

    ;>

  1. chas_m

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    "Speaker hole"

    I wish people would stop referring to this as being for a speaker. We simply don't know that at all. COULD be a speaker (seems an odd design though), could be nearly ANYTHING.

  1. Peter Bonte

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Bigger

    It looks a bit bigger than the current iPad on some corners, that is strange for Apple to do. It is most probably a bigger speaker on the back, what ells could it be, more buttons?
    I do believe a 7 inch iPod/iPad is also in the works, Apple needs to cover the whole spectrum and i can't see why not.

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