While most have referred to Apple’s upcoming next-gen iPad as the iPad 3, 9to5Mac reports that Chinese case maker Chinee has begin producing cases for an ‘iPad 2S,” which would be slightly thicker than the current iPad 2.
The company insists that their designs are based on details from within Apple’s supply chain, but similar claims were made by manufacturers building iPhone 5 cases in the middle of 2011 – and they turned out to be dead wrong.
Still, there has been some speculation that the next-gen iPad could be slightly thicker – one rumor claims that the next iPad will need dual light bars to support a high-resolution Retina display, which could make the device slightly thicker, but other rumors have dodged that idea by suggesting that Apple will use Sharp’s IGZO display technology.
Considering that the next iPad is widely expected to feature a high-resolution Retina display, and a possible quad-core processor, I very much doubt Apple would call it an iPad 2S. In the end, only time will tell. But if Chinee is wrong, they’ve just make a very expensive mistake.