This iPad mini case does not yet have an iPad mini to fit inside of it. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired
It takes a lot of guts to push out an accessory before its corresponding product has even been announced — especially when that corresponding product is an unannounced Apple tablet. But Gumdrop Cases has done just that. They sent Wired three “Drop Tech Series” ruggedized iPad mini cases Monday — even though Apple has yet to release a product by that name.
Apple is set to hold a media event Tuesday in San Jose that is widely believed to be the unveiling of the smaller iPad. Often referred to as the iPad mini, it reportedly sports a 7.85-inch display and internal specs resembling those of an iPad 2. Other products, like a Retina display MacBook Pro and new Mac Minis, are also expected to be announced.
Gumdrop’s case features buttons for a volume rocker on the righthand side of the device when held in portrait mode; a headphone jack on the upper left, like the current iPad; and a homescreen button centered on the bottom. Unlike the third-generation iPad, the case has spaces for speaker grates on either side of the area where the Lightning dock connector would be positioned (at the center bottom of the device).
The size of this case and positioning of these hardware features matches up with renderings and schematics. Indeed, that’s probably what they used to develop their product — meaning they could be out a whole lot of money if the leaks have been wrong or if Apple has decided to tweak something.