“Protective cases purportedly made for a new version of the iPad, posted for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.com, have fueled some of the latest speculation about the rumored sequel to Apple’s red-hot tablet computer,” Owen Fletcher reports for The Wall Street Journal. “In fact, they drew enough attention that someone with pull appears to have objected to the listings.”
“Apple has yet to publicly disclose any plans for an iPad 2. But gadget bloggers in the last week seized on pictures from Alibaba.com, a trading platform for smaller businesses in and outside China, as evidence of the new features that a second-generation iPad might have,” Fletcher reports. “In particular, they said the cases proved that the iPad 2 will include a camera on its back surface, since circular holes were depicted on the backs of the mostly silicon cases in the Alibaba listings.”
Fletcher reports, “But someone—it’s unclear who—doesn’t seem to appreciate all the attention: Alibaba.com was asked to remove the listings. “We do not know whether these products are what they say they are, but we have received a legitimate takedown request and are removing the listings,” Alibaba Group spokesman John Spelich said Wednesday. Mr. Spelich declined to comment on the source of the request, and Apple did not reply to a request for comment… Asked how they knew the design details of the iPad 2, other merchants selling the cases on Alibaba declined to comment, or simply hung up immediately.”
Read more in the full article here.
Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors, “Meanwhile, recent 9to5Mac report with design images for the iPad 2 has also been pulled: ‘Update, we’ve been told (not so nicely) to remove those mold drawings because they are the property of someone else. Weve complied.'”
Kim reports, “The images of the cases have already seen wide distribution and are even physically in the hand of some bloggers.”
Full article, with 9as of this moment) a YouTube video of the cases, here.