Images from wholesaleeshop; click to enlarge.The latest case recently popped up on retails goods wholesaler wholesaleeshop.com.au, and is made by a company called C & T Industry Company Ltd. based in Guangdong, China. The silicon iPad case shows a space for a rear-facing camera at the top, and a speaker grille on the bottom rear side. The case found on Alibaba was first reported by AppleInsider.
In early December, an iPad case surfaced showing a rear-facing hole for a camera, but the case lacked the speaker grille seen on the C & T Industry version.
More recently, Japanese-language blog Mac Otakara citing anonymous sources based in China said the new iPad will sport a wide-range speaker on the rear of the device. The blog also said the new iPad will have a flat back -- the current iPad's back is curved -- and is thinner by 0.12 inch.Click to enlarge; image from Alibaba.
Apple is widely expected to announce a new version of its tablet computer in January, a year after the company debuted the current version of the iPad. Current rumors suggest the new iPad will be sporting a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat, rear-facing camera, and a higher resolution display. Some are also suggesting the new iPad may have an SD card slot and a dual core processor.
Despite an expected refresh next month, the iPad was believed to be a big hit for Apple this holiday season.