While most case makers missed the mark last year by producing “iPhone 5″ cases for a thinner, taller, wider, and “teardrop” form-factor, these manufactures have historically provided accurate insight into Apple’s future hardware product plans. We’ve seen purported Apple case leaks almost yearly and 2012 is no exception: case makers have begun producing and shipping cases for the upcoming third-generation iPad from Apple.Read on for the details and more images:
Case producer “Chinee” of China has begun selling cases for a device that they call the iPad 2S. The name obviously stems from the name iPhone 4S, where the S notes an internal technical specification update rather than a re-design. Based on previous “iPad 3″ rumors, the new tablet will follow that naming convention. The new iPad has been rumored to look identical to the iPad 2 but will be slightly thicker. The seller of these “iPad 2S” cases says their cases fit a design that is 1MM thicker than the iPad 2′s form-factor. They claim the design knowledge comes from sources within Apple’s supply chain.
The new iPad is also rumored to contain an improved camera system with a FaceTime HD camera on the front and improved lens on the back. The cases shown above appear to have camera holes for a slightly bigger lens. As with the false “iPhone 5″ cases, these “iPad 2S” may also be false, but with aligning information being previously reported by typically reliable sources, they are likely legitimate.