iPad 2 Moons World With Picture of Rear Before Launch [Update]

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The upcoming iPad 2 has some moxy, flashing its rear to us just a few short days before its announcement. The shot seems credible enough, jiving well with a previous leak showing the side of the tablet. The most glaring addition is the camera on the back, a feature which was conspicuously absent from the original. The external speaker has also been re-thought, hugging the bottom-left corner tightly. Style-wise, the iPad 2′s back looks perfectly flat with beveled edges, versus the slight curvature and squared-off edges of the first iPad.

With so many more competitors in the tablet space than last year, a lot is hinging on the iPad 2. The status of a Retina-quality display and SD card slot is still up in the air, but looking doubtful. Apple still has a significant lead in apps, especially tablet-optimized ones, but given the momentum of Android, it won’t take long for the Market to catch up. Even if the iPad 2′s hardware is mostly just an iterative upgrade à la iPhone 3GS, the addition of a camera should be enough to keep folks happy, especially if there’s a decent iOS upgrade to go along with it.

Of course, we’re all wondering what the front looks like, but seeing as Apple’s announcement is only a few days away, it won’t take long to find out out all the details, or if this pic is legit.

[via BGR]

Update: Nevermind renders, how about some pictures of the real thing? The front has a camera too by the looks of it.

Update 2: BGR’s saying the rendering at the top is likely fan-made, and on closer reading, those “live” snaps are actually Chinese dummy units used by accessory manufacturers.

Update 3: How about some more pictures? This batch comes from China, and looks pretty consistent with everything else we’ve seen. The quality of the snaps are also the best we’ve seen yet, and provide some pretty awesome profile shots comparing it with the original iPad.

  • http://www.nowhereelse.fr/ Stagueve

    No Headphone jack or lockscreen button, yeah right… ;)

  • http://twitter.com/dfsmit Daniel Smith

    Um, there is a headphone jack and a lockscreen button. The front view was just taken at an angle where you can’t see it. But if you look in the second picture, comparing it to the original iPad, you can see the headphone jack on the right and the lockscreen button on the left.

    • http://twitter.com/stetsongafford Stetson Gafford

      On the photo of the known mock-up there’s a headphone jack and lock button, but not on the new image at the top of the post.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope they actually do put the retina display in there. It will help make the decision between the iPad and an Android or WebOS tab a bit easier.

    • http://twitter.com/Saffire6 Anonymous

      Retina is a bullshit marketing term. Both the latest ipod touch and the iphone 4 both feature “retina” displays, but they use two totally different LCD technologies, TN and IPS. The only thing they have in common is resolution, different contrast ratio, viewing angle, black levels, and overall picture quality differ significantly. The display on the iphone 4 is vastly superior.

      TL;DR = Retina doesn’t mean shit, stop using that term please.

    • http://twitter.com/Saffire6 Anonymous

      Retina is a bullshit marketing term. Both the latest ipod touch and the iphone 4 both feature “retina” displays, but they use two totally different LCD technologies, TN and IPS. The only thing they have in common is resolution, different contrast ratio, viewing angle, black levels, and overall picture quality differ significantly. The display on the iphone 4 is vastly superior.

      TL;DR = Retina doesn’t mean shit, stop using that term please.

  • Anonymous

    look like the same shit to me!!! no flash in camera same ipod os…

  • Anonymous

    look like the same shit to me!!! no flash in camera same ipod os…

  • http://www.itechmax.com Umar Anjum

    I’ll believe when I see it

  • Anonymous

    Wow, should be very interesting to see how that turns out. Wow.

    http://www.complete-privacy.eu.tc

  • Anonymous

    if this is it LMAO looks the same with a camera and NO FLASH!!! LOL

  • Bob

    Did I miss something? What’s the story here? A picture of the back of a crapple? So what?
    When are people going to stop caring about these over-priced pieces of junk with limited functionality?

    • Clem

      As soon as you cease posting responses to stories you don’t “give a crap” about.

    • Steve

      wow. bitching about a story that you read. go away bob.

  • Rebeccaxa

    super…

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthewdavidriddle Matthew Riddle

    “The shot seems credible enough, jiving well with a previous leak showing the side of the tablet.”

    I think you mean ‘jibing’ well. As in, it is in harmony with. ‘Jiving’ is dancing.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jibing

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthewdavidriddle Matthew Riddle

    “The shot seems credible enough, jiving well with a previous leak showing the side of the tablet.”

    I think you mean ‘jibing’ well. As in, it is in harmony with. ‘Jiving’ is dancing.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jibing

  • http://twitter.com/YummyHits Yummy Hits

    looking great

  • Mattcam25

    nice attempt at creating an ipad too bad it looks like a piece of shit.

  • Mattcam25

    nice attempt at creating an ipad too bad it looks like a piece of shit.

  • duh

    they would not call it iPad 2… sorry. just wont happen

    • Laugh

      Yeah, lol, you’re probably right : P

  • F_off

    This is the same mock up we’ve been seeing since CES.

  • http://twitter.com/clonewar2 parrotcam

    can’t wait for tomorrow

  • RichardBO9

    Looks like it has a flat back which IMO is a HUGE improvement.

  • Anonymous

    Why see the fakes before the real thing?

  • Anonymous

    Why see the fakes before the real thing?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NP7ZEO2JHMV7JOJ6IJEU3YLFFE Warson Printing

    IPAD 2, very cool product….

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