iPad 2 rumored to have thinner bezel, flatter back, and larger speaker

Citing an anonymous Chinese source, Japanese blog Mac Otakara is sharing supposed details of the next iPad along with a rendering based on that info. Among the details is that the large cutout seen in previous case mockups is, as I expected, for a larger speaker. Horses not zebras.

The rendering, credited to Taiyo Fujii, is similar (but far superior in terms of Photoshopping) to what is shown in a rendering of another case offered on alibaba.com. The new iPad is believed to offer the same screen size but with a narrower bezel and flatter back, though the case designs indicate the edges will still be rounded. The light sensor is said to be relocated to the rear panel, though the case designs so far do not support that.

More interestingly, they are uncertain about the addition of cameras to the iPad, calling the information “unreliable” though I take that to mean their source would not claim it was a done deal. Apple’s FaceTime push strongly implies a front camera is a lock, but I could see them wavering on a rear camera. However, I doubt they’d bother with a rear-mounted light sensor if there wasn’t a camera back there. Again though, it’s all rumor until we see it in Steve Jobs’ hands.

Via Engadget and Apple Insider

3 Comments

  1. Tim Hutchinson

    12/23/2010 at 5:01 pm

    Not sure why they would ‘move’ the light sensor to the back. I could see an additional one being put in for the use of camera, but since once of the primary purposes of the light sensor is to help adjust brightness, surely the front is where it is needed? If you put the iPad on a surface (say your knees), the rear light sensor would say it was dark, when it could be a bright sunny day where you need full brightness.

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    • Sumocat

      12/23/2010 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sold on the light sensor being “moved” either. That said, front-mounted light sensors are problematic since they also detect light reflected off your face from the display. There was a study on this, but I can’t recall where. The larger screen on the iPad compared to the iPhone exacerbates the issue. Only good solution I can see is multiple light sensors paired with proximity sensors, but that’s a tad complex.

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