updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon March 5, 2012
New case would return to covering back
Apple has been working on a new official iPad case, an iLounge source says. The product is described as similar to Incase's Magazine Jacket, but with an iPad 2-style Smart Cover on the front. A rear shell meanwhile is said to be made of fiberglass, and covered with polyurethane or bicast leather. A major complaint about the Smart Cover has been that unlike the official case for the iPad 1, the Smart Cover leaves the back metal of an iPad completely vulnerable.
The same source also claims that despite talk of the iPhone 5 using an aluminum back, Apple is still experimenting with glass and ceramic shells for a future iPhone. If the design goes ahead, it's expected to be similar to the iPhone 4 but thinner, thanks to the use of Gorilla Glass 2 and miniaturization of internal parts. The source says that a smaller dock connector is likely, and that a larger screen is still planned.