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Japanese site claims access to detailed iPad 2 mockup

updated 03:00 pm EST, Wed February 23, 2011

Suggests SD card slot, no USB

A Japanese site is displaying photos of what it claims is a realistic mockup of the second-generation iPad. Allegedly encountered during a trip to Shenzhen, China -- home to many technology companies, including Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn -- the mockup is notably thinner than the current iPad, and also uses tapered edges, similar to those on the fourth-generation iPod touch. The back is otherwise completely flat, doing away with a previous bulge centered around the Apple logo.

Also visible on the mockup is a larger speaker grill, and a hole for a rear-facing camera. On one edge of the tablet is an alleged SD card slot; there is said to be no evidence, however, of a secondary USB port. The front of the mockup assumes the existence of a FaceTime camera.

Apple is expected to formally announce the second-generation iPad during a March 2nd press event. Aside from twin cameras and a possible SD slot, the upgrade may include a dual-core ARM processor, a dual-core graphics chip and a hybrid HSPA/EVDO cellular receiver. Considered unlikely at this point is a Retina Display, as the technology may be difficult to mass-produce at a 9.7-inch size.



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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Easy

    "On your right: the iPad. On your left: a cheap Asian knockoff, so ugly that Apple wouldn't even dream of doing something like this."

  1. cwa107

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Did you notice?

    Looks like the outer casing is made from pure balonium.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    re: Did you notice?


    >>>Looks like the outer casing is made from pure balonium.

    Just like the real iPad.


    The mockup looks a bit thick though when compared to the original pad. And that speaker port looks a bit crude. Apple would have the grates finely drilled to give it that smooth look. The flat back would be nice as it gives the tablet a stable platform when placed on a flat surface.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    too funny!

    "just like the real ipad"

    wrenchy, seriously, you gotta stop! i'm rolling on the floor here! such wit! so unexpected! how DO you come up with them?

  1. stevesnj

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    HA!

    Apple wouldn't name it 'iPad 2' on the back. So fake it's laughable.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    the shape

    My only real doubt is the shape. the curve helps to make it possible to pick it up off a table/desk. Would Apple really box it out that much. My gut says no.

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