Today Verizon and Apple finally confirmed the near-mythical Verizon iPhone. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be released next month and is featured on the home page of apple.com today.
So what, if anything, does this mean for the iPad? Hopefully it means we’ll see 3G models of the iPad 2 for the Verizon network – and more choice in terms of cellular network and data plan pricing for those who want an always-connected iPad.
Here’s one of a set of iPad 2 case pictures sent to me by the folks at Y-Case – a Chinese accessories manufacturer. It shows cutouts for a camera and larger speaker, just as many of the iPad 2 rumors have mentioned.
Our contact at Y-Case also tells us the design is thinner than the Gen 1 iPad; again, just as many rumors have indicated. I don’t have any secret sources to approach for comment on how accurate these case designs may be, but I do know that at least some accessory vendors have got this sort of thing right with Apple products in the past.
You can see more details and several cases for the ‘iPad 2G’ at the Y-Case page for them here:
Is it too early to start talking about the next iPad model? I’m hoping not, especially as I’ve already seen a few posts on this topic round the web. And we’re really not that far away now from when we would expect to see an announcement of the new model by Apple – i.e in January.
I know lots of people will be hoping for huge, dramatic changes to the magical tablet, but I’m more than happy with what the iPad is right now, and will be quite content if we see only incremental changes and enhancements in the iPad Dos – and I’d be fine if they want to go with that as the name as well.
Here are my very quick, early days thoughts on what I would and would not like to see in the next iPad model:
— I would prefer no major size changes for this second generation – so cases, stands etc still work with new one.