Mythical 'iPad 2' caught on camera
There's a smattering of videos YouTubing their way across the web that purport to show the oft-rumored iPad 2 in plain view at last week's Consumer Electronics Show.
The Reg is highly skeptical as to their authenticity, but here are two for your edification and enjoyment:
The videos are purported to be of a dummy case given by Cupertino to an unnamed Chinese iPad-accessory manufacturer so that they could get a jump on creating cases for the device, rumored to appear as early as next month.
Our experience in talking with accessory manufacturers, however – both in the US and in China – has been that they're as in the dark as anyone as to Apple's plans. We have in the past even received furtive phone calls from some major suppliers, asking if we had any inside information about iGadget specs before their release.
We never have – well, there was the Gizmodophone, but that was a fluke – and it's our considered opinion that Apple would have sent a rapid-response legal takedown team to Las Vegas had it caught wind of a prototype case in the wild.
Nothing to see here, we say. Move along, now. ®
"rapid-response legal takedown team"
Brought visions to my mind of a bunch of guys wearing tastefully-camouflaged Armani suits and carrying $3000 stealth briefcases... "Hut hut hut hut hut... Pardon me, sir. You'll have to come with us...."
Lots of little things in that to suggest it's fake. The home screen icons are completely wrong (and hideous). While it's possible Apple have re-styled them, they look more like the icons you'd see on a cheap Chinese knock-off of the real thing.
Apple don't label their devices with a version number. The iPhone 4 doesn't say "iPhone 4" on the back, it just says "iPhone".
Apple have also stopped putting a label on the back of the iPhone showing the storage size, so I would be surprised to see an "iPad 2" with the storage size label like this fake has.
I reckon they're more likely to style it on the iphone 4 than... um... a toaster.
Apple designers would never design a speaker grille that ugly.
What would it be doing there, since Apple was not?
Why would an accessory manufacturer bring something like that to a show, since they are obviously not allowed to show it?
Good call on the reaction from Apple. If this video is still on Youtube at the end of the day, it is fake.