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iPad 2 Body Spotted at iLounge Pavilion?

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011
News Categories: CES iLounge Pavilion, iPad

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A rear shell purportedly from the second-generation iPad has been spotted at the 2011 International CES within the iLounge Pavilion. The shell, which has been marked by developer Gopod Mobile with “iPad 2” and “128GB” logos that would not appear on the actual device, is being shown paired with an iPad 2-specific foldable rechargeable battery pack developed by the company, and depicts the revised device’s redesigned curves, ports, and cameras; it is said by Gopod to represent the actual appearance of the as-yet-unreleased thinner and slightly smaller iPad. Three full-sized photos follow; additional photos can be seen in our 2011 CES Photo Gallery.

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1

Ummmmm what?? What’s with the UI?

Posted by Clint on January 6, 2011 at 2:25 PM (PDT)

2

Just was I was thinking, all the iPad2 design case are for a knockoff

Posted by Stephane on January 6, 2011 at 2:40 PM (PDT)

3

Well obviously it’s a mock up but still, looks cool!!!

Posted by Reg on January 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM (PDT)

4

Seriously?
It’s obviously not real. Just look… “iPad 2”? Apple would NEVER name their products something like that. The iPhone 4 is an exception, but think about it… why would they call it “iPad 2”? I somehow doubt they’d sell it alongside the original iPad, as they do with the iPhone 4 and the 3GS, so there’s really no need. Every other Apple product keeps the exact same name between generations. That’s why you don’t go to the Apple Store for the MacBook Air 3 or the Apple TV 2.

Posted by drumrobot on January 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

5

While the UI appears to be for a knockoff, was it functional, or was that just a still frame printed on?  I think it’s real because of the I.D. numbers on the bottom.  The model number is 1219 for the current iPad, but this one shows 1337.  The FCC ID is BCG-E2328A on this “knockoff” while iPads currently show it as BCG-E2381A.  Why would they go through the hassle of faking those numbers so specifically if it were just a Chinese ripoff?

Posted by Brianbobcat on January 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM (PDT)

6

Horsepucky!

Posted by Sb on January 6, 2011 at 4:22 PM (PDT)

7

l337 = LEET

Posted by McDude on January 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM (PDT)

8

It looks so cheap…
You have to make more real.

Posted by bt on January 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM (PDT)

9

Have to agree with bt, I looks cheap, I’ll stick with my iPad “1” ...

Posted by Bearfn on January 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

10

For petes sake, its just a crappy mock-up for publicity. As if apple would let loss something so dated and lame. I also doubt that apple would call it the iPad2, much less use that iPhone 2G headphone jack designed that annoyed an entire planet! Also the UI is just a standard cheap chinese dummy-phone image. Com’mon people!

Posted by enero on January 6, 2011 at 6:20 PM (PDT)

11

@enero: Right on.
Prior to the Japan release of the iPad, Softbank (the exclusive carrier) had mock ups like this one for display purposes only. They were cheap cardboard/plastic hollow mocks. I do think it’s fair to assume the iPad 2G will resemble the specifications of this mock-up quiet closely.

Posted by Cereal on January 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

12

Apple should listen to people’s complaints about the original iPad.  Too heavy, bezel too big, not open-enough OS, no USB port, difficulty in interfacing with other devices.  With the Nook color and undoubtedly a Kindle color in the works, competition in the tablet market is heating up. Thus, I would anticipate the iPad2 to have at least some of the following features…  some kind of 3G (like Whispernet) for iTunes and iBooks downloads only) built in for free, a smaller bezel, a USB port, printer interface of some sort, a low-power screen that is low glare in direct sunlight.

The revisions in iPhone 3G/3GS/4 were driven somewhat by complaints about earlier versions (no cut & paste, poor multitasking, slow data, crappy assembly quality).  I just hope some of this “listen and develop” mentality has made it through to the iPad line too.

Posted by Dopial on January 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

13

Lol, I actually thought it was real until I looked at the screen! I’m gonna guess it was made somewhere in China…..

Posted by Josh C. on January 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM (PDT)

14

@12,

Hmmm, please point us to the sources of all those complaints. Sales numbers and satisfaction numbers are off the hook for iPad. I think you’re trolling myself.
Doesn’t mean iPad is perfect, but you are sounding foolish.

Posted by Sb on January 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM (PDT)

15

@Dopial and a couple others,

The thing about consumer electronics is that the life and/or direction of the product(s) are based off the success of its consumption by consumers. Much like TV shows. The shows that get good ratings stay on the air. Those that don’t aren’t renewed or become reruns (iPod Shuffle). If the vast majority of users didn’t like what the iPad offered, it would not be successful and therefore new iterations of it (not to mention nock offs) would fail to manifest.  My point being, if you don’t like it change the channel, buy a laptop, or a competitor’s product. I have personally been anxiously awaiting the 2G iPad because of the front and rear facing cameras and other minor tweaks.

But, really the fact that we are having this discussion over a mock-up is a testament to the Apple iPad’s influence in itself.

Posted by Cereal on January 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM (PDT)

16

Fake, cheap chinese imitation! None of the apple products have a number in there name on the back, not even the iPhone 4

It looks so cheap, it can never be seriously considered to be an apple product, let alone have someone carrying an un-launched apple product around like that !

Posted by rudolf on January 7, 2011 at 7:20 AM (PDT)

17

To the majority of people responding: The article says explicitly that this is a mock up and nothing more. It says explicitly that the name and number will not appear on the actual 2G iPad. Is is explicitly nothing more than a stand-in to demonstrate how the stand + battery pack will work with the upcoming 2G iPad. The point of the mock up is NOT the mock up, it’s the stand + battery pack.

/me bang head against desk…

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on January 7, 2011 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

18

@14.
No cut and paste, just do a Google search backdated a year or longer ago (back to when iPhone was launched), and see the # of comments like “no cut & paste = fail”.

As for build quality, see complaints about mute button falling off, scratching etc. on older iPhones (and of course cracked glass on gen 4).  Don’t pretend this stuff didn’t happen.  Data on the Gen1 iPhone was terribly slow (mostly AT&T’s fault, with slow 3G roll outs).

Posted by Dopial on January 7, 2011 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

19

@Code Monkey,
1337 Apparently there are only a handful of us that read the articles and comments prior to posting. Everyone else just looks at the pictures. It’s like preschool all over again.

Posted by Cereal in Japan on January 7, 2011 at 7:46 AM (PDT)

20

Not open enough OS? Sorry, I’ll ask Apple to change that to be more in line with Windows. Okay why dont we open the OS, get loads of developers to develop shady apps right in the framework of our OS, and open the way for hackers/virus’s/malware to corrupt and crash the system every other day! BRILLIANT IDEA!
I’m happy just the way my iphone and ipad are. They more than serve their purpose and I am not asking for any more right now.

Posted by Luther on January 7, 2011 at 8:45 AM (PDT)

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