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Enhanced Smart Cover with Rear Protection for iPad 3? Glass-Backed iPhone 5 in the Works?

iLounge shares a few items of interest from a "repeatedly reliable source" addressing the possibility of a new Smart Cover-inspired case for the iPad 3 and Apple's work on a new glass-backed design for the iPhone 5 due later this year.

The first claim addresses Apple's plans for protection of the iPad 3. While the current Smart Cover for the iPad 2 is said to still work with the iPad 3, Apple is said to be working on a case that incorporates a Smart Cover-like front panel with a rear shell providing protection for the entirety of the device.
Said to be similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket (and a host of subsequent alternatives that have appeared for the iPad 2), this new case has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather.
The report notes that it is unclear whether the new case will be for only the iPad 3 or if it will also be compatible with the iPad 2.


Incase's Magazine Jacket for original iPad

The source's second claim relates to the iPhone 5, which is rumored for release later this year. According to the report, Apple is planning to once again use a glass or ceramic material for the rear of the device, countering rumors of a switch back to a metal rear casing. By incorporating thinner Gorilla Glass from Corning, Apple will reportedly be able to make the iPhone even thinner.
Despite the well-established “aluminum-backed iPhone 5” rumors that have continued to circulate since the iPhone 4 was released, Apple is nonetheless continuing to experiment with glass and ceramic rear shells for a future iPhone model. The upshot is that the new design would be like the iPhone 4, but thinner, thanks to Corning’s stronger Gorilla Glass 2 and the further reduction of internal components.
The source also indicates that a larger display remains a possibility, while the company is indeed also looking to replace its 30-pin dock connector with a smaller connector.

iLounge has on occasion offered accurate information, and in particular the site's claims for the iPad 3 do appear to be bearing out as parts continue to surface ahead of the official unveiling.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air

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33 months ago

Macrumors is talking like an iPad 3 exists. In all reality, there is no such thing as an iPad 3 seeing as Apple has not announced anything.


Then what do you envision them announcing on Wednesday?
Rating: 24 Votes
33 months ago
I don't give a damn about thinner. Just better!!
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago
Not a whole lot longer until the iPhone rumors start barreling their way in!
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago
"The source also indicates that a larger display remains a possibility"

A possibility? Oh dear. :(
Rating: 12 Votes
33 months ago

Not a whole lot longer until the iPhone rumors start barreling their way in!


Wednesday 3 hours after the keynote.
Rating: 10 Votes
33 months ago
Good. Thats what I hated about the smart cover. I want FULL protection, not just screen protection.
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago
Why a back hardshell case? It doesn't make sense. Not only is the backing aluminum but the sheer size of the device would surely cause so much momentum that it wouldn't matter....
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago

Macrumors is talking like an iPad 3 exists. In all reality, there is no such thing as an iPad 3 seeing as Apple has not announced anything.


Think we're all pretty confident they'll be refreshing the iPad on Wednesday, as to what it's going to be called, that's not important right now.

It is a rumor site though! :D
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago

"The source also indicates that a larger display remains a possibility"

A possibility? Oh dear. :(


Don't worry, the way these rumors work their will also be counter-rumour that claims a larger screen is not possible.

A glass backplate is possible, but so is a metal backplate ;)

LTE is possible, but it may not be.

My favorite rumors are the ones that claim that a complete redesign is also likely to happen, and when we get an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4S (or soon to be iPad 3) their was a last minute design issue. Yup, 2-3 years of planning ahead are put aside for another year because of a last minute design issue.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago
I do remember reading a story on a tech blog once - when Steve Jobs did an interview and saw his iPad 2 without a smart cover, but a full body case instead, Steve Jobs couldn't believe why the blogger would want to cover up something so beautiful.
Rating: 7 Votes

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