The iPad 2 may be weeks from making its public debut, that hasn't stopped from accessory manufacturers from showing off new products and even mockups of the device here at CES.
One company in particular, GoPod mobile, an OEM from China, produced their own mockup, which is allegedly based on the official specs of the device. The design sports an aluminum-backing that features new rounded edges, a rear-facing camera built into the upper-left hand corner of the device, as well as a front-facing camera built into the center camera built into the bezel of the display. Another notable element of the mockup was what appeared to be a speaker on the lower left hand corner of the device.
Interestingly, the company also went as far as to label the device with "iPad 2" and "128GB" logos, though both could simply be the company's own guesswork as to the new name and total capacity of the device.
Dimensions provided by GoPod also suggest that the new iPad will be slightly smaller and thinner than the original, measuring at 9.48-inches tall, 0.37-inches thick, and 7.31-inches wide. Comparatively, the current iPad is 9.56-inches tall, 0.5-inches thick, and 7.47-inches wide.
The company claims that the new iPad will be shipping before the end of March.
You're undoubtedly asking yourself: why should we listen to this small accessory manufacturer? Well, in order to ensure that there a variety of new products to support upcoming devices, many companies provide information to manufacturers under nondisclosure agreements. Of course, some aren't very good at keeping secrets.
Most importantly, the mockup falls into line with previous rumors, which have also pointed to a slimmer design, more storage, and dual cameras.
All the same, we've got to take everything we've seen with a grain of salt, as nothing is ever certain with Apple until Steve Jobs says so. We'll just have to wait and see.