As with many times in the past, a case manufacturer named Chinee has jumped the gun and designed a case for an unreleased iDevice in hopes its case will match the device design upon its release. That unreleased iDevice is this time the iPad 3, which is expected to be announced next month and released in March. Although some case manufacturers end up getting their designs wrong due to inaccurate tips, rumors, and speculation, some also manage to base their designs off of reliable information. Regardless, these companies are taking the risk of guessing Apple’s next design move and hoping their guess is an accurate one. That’s exactly what Chinee has done in its creation of its new case for the upcoming third-generation iPad.
Referring to the upcoming iPad generation as the “iPad 2S,” indicating more of a technical update rather than a device redesign, Chinee is smart in making the assumption that the third-generation iPad will likely not be a major redesign as the iPad 2 was. Whether Apple will be using that naming scheme with the iPad for the first time as it has with the iPhone in the past (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S), we’ll have to wait to find out. Rumors point to yes in that regard, as well as to an almost identical look to the iPad 2 (although slightly thicker). Chinee’s case was designed to accommodate that rumored 1mm increase in thickness, claiming that its sources indicating that change came from inside Apple’s supply chain.
The fact that cases for the upcoming third-generation iPad are already available shows that details of the device’s production are floating around from various sources within, and also seems to confirm that Apple started the third-gen iPad’s production earlier this month. However, keep in mind that all of this information is heavily laced with rumors and speculation, so, as always, we can’t be sure of its accuracy.
On that note, aside from design changes, the third-generation iPad is expected to include a quad-core “A6″ processor, Retina display, Siri support, LTE network support, an improved FaceTime HD front camera, and an improved lens on the rear camera. Which of these improvements and features are actually included (if any at all), we’ll find out.