More iPad 2 Rumors Show Us Something We Were Not Expecting

| December 23, 2010 | Reply

The iPad 2 rumors have been in heavy circulation for the past couple of weeks due to a lot of different leaked information and of course speculation as to exactly what will be the key new features for this blockbuster device.  Last week we saw some leaked images of what looked to be some skin cases that added a few extra holes in preparation for what we all assume would be a front, and rear-facing camera as well as a mystery slot in which not many of us had even a clue as to what it could be.  Now we are hearing that the new iPad will feature a bezel that is slimmer by about 3mm, with a flat back, and it seems as though there may be a wide-range speaker that would fit nicely into those cases I mentioned above.  Nothing further has been revealed although the original source seems to believe that the iPad 2 will begin shipping in January.  We will just have to wait and see, but in the meantime check out the render below and be sure to drop us a comment.

Nothing says truthiness quite like anonymous Chinese sources telling next generation iPad secrets to a Japanese blog lacking any notable successes on the professional rumor mongering circuit. Nevertheless, the Apple rumor sites have jumped all over the story like a Bay Area cop on prototype thief. So here’s the dirt, which certainly seems plausible in its specificity: a 3-mm reduction in bezel width, same 9.7-inch display, and flattening of the back allowing it to rest wobble-free on a desktop. Mac Octakara also explains that there’s a “wide-range speaker” covered with “metal mesh” (that’s their render above) occupying the cut-out we saw at the bottom of those supposed next-generation iPad cases. The overall unit is said to measure 239 x 186 mm compared to the current iPad’s 242.8 x 189.7 mm footprint. Suspiciously, the site was unable to reliably confirm the existence of front of rear facing cameras but does claim that the new iPads will begin shipping from factories in January — timing that aligns nicely with previous rumors.

Source:  Engadget

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