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On Apple’s New iPad Case + Next Glass-Bodied iPhone Prototype

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Monday, March 5, 2012
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A couple of small tidbits today from a repeatedly reliable source regarding what’s in Apple’s development pipeline.

(1) The iPad Smart Case. Apple apparently has been working on a Smart Cover-influenced case of its own for the upcoming iPad. Said to be similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket (and a host of subsequent alternatives that have appeared for the iPad 2), this new case has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather. It’s unclear whether this case will be solely for the thicker new iPad or include backwards compatibility for the iPad 2.

(2) Another Glass iPhone. Despite the well-established “aluminum-backed iPhone 5” rumors that have continued to circulate since the iPhone 4 was released, Apple is nonetheless continuing to experiment with glass and ceramic rear shells for a future iPhone model. The upshot is that the new design would be like the iPhone 4, but thinner, thanks to Corning’s stronger Gorilla Glass 2 and the further reduction of internal components. Our source suggests that the 30-pin Dock Connector is likely on the way out in the near future, and that a larger screen remains in the cards.

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The iPad case will be welcome. I have gone through 3 different cases so far for my iPad 2. I had the Smart Cover followed by a leather case with a Bluetooth keyboard until I finally settled for a 3rd party cover that had worked liked the Smart Cover, but with protection at the back as well.

An Apple designed full case will be welcome.

Posted by Sreedhar on March 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM (PDT)

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