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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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iPad 5 Cases with Mini-Inspired Designs Begin Hitting Chinese Marketplaces




Following the leak of several "iPad 5" cases late last week supporting claims that the device will take some design cues from the iPad mini to become significantly narrower and slightly shorter than the current models, AppleBitch notes that these cases and a several others are now available for order through multiple distributors on Chinese e-marketplace Alibaba.

All of the cases contain holes in the bottom edge designed to accommodate a Lightning connector and speaker grilles on either side of the connector, as seen on the iPad mini. The current full-size iPad design contains a single speaker grille on wrapping from the bottom edge around to the back side of the device.

One case design shows an open left edge, presumably to accommodate a Smart Cover hinge.

The cases also appear to show an extra hole at the top center of the rear of the device, and it is unclear exactly feature of the redesigned iPad the hole is intended to accommodate. The hole was initially thought to be for a microphone, which is currently located along the top edge of the iPad, but a hole in that location appears to still be present on these new cases, leaving the "extra" hole on the rear unaccounted for.

Leaks from case makers have in the past proven accurate on a number of occasions, including with the iPad mini, although companies have sometimes been fooled as was seen with the tapered iPhone design back in 2011. But with rumors, rear shell photos, and now cases all consistently pointing toward an iPad mini-like design for the fifth-generation iPad, evidence for a significant overhaul of the full-size iPad is becoming stronger.

Article Link: iPad 5 Cases with Mini-Inspired Designs Begin Hitting Chinese Marketplaces
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Haven't we been here before, just because there's a case doesn't mean a new device.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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Haven't we been here before, just because there's a case doesn't mean a new device.
I seem to remember about 2 years ago people selling iPhone 5 cases for the new design iPhone and it turned out we got the 4s. You'd be a fool to buy a case for the next iPad (or any product) before it's officially announced and released.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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Regardless of whether these are legit or not, it would be really nice for Apple to bring stereo sound to the iPad. When on its side, one on the left, one on the right. The iPad mini stereo speakers are laughable. Aside from normal gripes (SD card, blah blah) I'd say that's the biggest issue I have.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:50 PM   #5
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Maybe the 2 holes are for 2 mics like the current iMacs
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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extra hole

Couldn't it be for an LED to get it away from the lens?
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:52 PM   #7
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Maybe the 2 holes are for 2 mics like the current iMacs
The center hole could be for the microphone.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:55 PM   #8
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The iPhone has a microphone on the back... I see no reason why they wouldn't do the same thing on the iPad.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:58 PM   #9
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although companies have sometimes been fooled as was seen with the tapered iPhone design back in 2011.
yeah was gonna say this. so, the rumor is strong with this one...
personally I like the iPad mini design and it goes to show that apple is really the master of doing increment steps / updates in perfecting their designs.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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Maybe the new hole is for a centered camera or flash?
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:01 PM   #11
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Launch day cases must be really big business. Every time.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:02 PM   #12
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Ooh. I'm excited. Could we see a new iPad as early as the end of March?
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 03:01 PM   #13
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The iPhone has a microphone on the back... I see no reason why they wouldn't do the same thing on the iPad.
Iphone mic in the back is for ambient noise canceling for cellular calls... Unless the new ipad is going to have the ability to make calls a mic in the back makes no sense!
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Old Feb 27, 2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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Iphone mic in the back is for ambient noise canceling for cellular calls... Unless the new ipad is going to have the ability to make calls a mic in the back makes no sense!
The mic is also used for recording audio when using the rear camera.

Also, the iPad can make facetime calls, no? Along with calls through Skype and any other platform. Why exactly would a mic be useless for calls?
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:54 PM   #15
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I guess these cheap cases are really easy to knock off.

They probably make a few just in case they might sell. This way they can postpone selling their souls to the devil a little longer.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 01:52 PM   #16
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And as every year (actually twice a year ... iPad and iPhone) some case manufactures take a bet based on rumors to have the first cases out and as most of the time they end up destroying what they manufactured since they listened to rumor sites and not having any reliable sources.

Really surprised that it is worth for the manufactures to take those gambles.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:22 PM   #17
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If Apple wanted to get really ridiculous, that extra hole could he for one of those wrist strap anchors like on the most recent iPod touch.
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If Apple wanted to get really ridiculous, that extra hole could he for one of those wrist strap anchors like on the most recent iPod touch.
This would be very silly on a full-size iPad wouldn't it? Even the Mini would be super awkward to have hanging from your wrist haha.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:38 PM   #19
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I find it incredibly bizarre that there is an accessory for sale for a device that doesn't exist in the market place yet. Talk about putting the horse before the cart.
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I ordered four; I just love protecting products that haven't actually been released.
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This would be very silly on a full-size iPad wouldn't it? Even the Mini would be super awkward to have hanging from your wrist haha.
Can't be any worse than someone using their iPad in public to take photos.
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Can't be any worse than someone using their iPad in public to take photos.
It is worse IMO.
I don't take pics with my iPad but someone could be on a scenario where is having a coffee and browsing the net. Something interesting happen and "snap" a pic or video with it. Nothing wrong! Having an 10" iPad hanged on your finger with strap on the other hand..........
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:49 PM   #23
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I'd bet a small amount of money on the back hole being a cutout for a flash. Perfect round cutout. Mic hole on top is rectangular. Why make two different cutouts in the same product. Flash is nice and far away from the camera making zero chance of flash problems. It is smaller and lighter and using it as a camera is not as rediclious. May as well, plenty of space for it.
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