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  • Dual-Connector iPad: Real or Bogus?


    There's renewed excitement about a purported new iPad model with two dock connectors following the release of some pictures showing an iPad back case with openings for two dock enclosures. While the pictures match recently discovered industrial design drawings, a number of sites are quoting anonymous sources as saying these are prototype designs for the original iPad that were canceled at the last minute.

    Last month, based on drawings found by the perspicacious Jack Purcher at Patently Apple, rumors spread of a new iPad design with an additional dock connector that would allow the device to be docked in either portrait or landscape mode. Yesterday, a nationwide Mac/iDevice/PSP/etc repair shop in Kansas called Mission Repair got hold of what was claimed to be a back case for the supposed new model. The guys at Mission didn't say where they came by the case, but presumably it was through suppliers in Asia. The excitement was such that it actually brought Mission repair's site down for a time yesterday.

    Engadget is flatly denying that this is a genuine iPad 2G part. According to "a trusted Engadget source," the picture is of a prototype first-generation iPad. Supposedly, the device had two dock connectors through most of the design phase, but "close to the last minute," the connector on the long side was axed, leaving only the single bottom connector like the iPod and iPhone have. Leaks around the time of the original announcement did indicate that the iPad would have two connectors.

    Most of the rumors surrounding the iPad 2G suggest that it will be thinner and lighter, while this case indicates a device that will have the same form factor as the first-generation iPad. A report out today from an industry analyst promised a much smaller 7-inch device, with 128GB flash and a Retina Display, as either an additional or replacement to the current 9.6-inch model.

    Source: MacRumors, image via Mission Repair
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dual-Connector iPad: Real or Bogus? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That is ugly
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      That is very ugly.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      I'm sure they axed the connection because of asthetics but I could definitely see the benefit with 2 dock connectors. I hope this shows up in the second generation iPad cause it would be useful & it wouldn't be ugly when people get use to it. I wonder what happens when both are used simultaneously
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Why would apple change iPad design less than a year released? Granted, the iPhone 4 redesign would make more sense IMHO
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      i dont really care about 2 doc connectors, but retina display and 128gb, i might like
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Apple has a nice schedule when releasing things. Same time every year. I don't see a new iPad coming out anytime before march. The dual dock connector would be nice. I'd rather have a retina display, or maybe the look of the ip4
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Fake piece of brushed metal with a apple logo is now a prototype? Ye right, and Steve Jobs iPhone isn't jailbroken
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by JLick View Post
      Fake piece of brushed metal with a apple logo is now a prototype? Ye right, and Steve Jobs iPhone isn't jailbroken

      Why would steve need to Jailbreak his phone? He can have it built with out restrictions.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm calling shenanigans
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      That's gotta be bogus. I mean it would be nice to dock it in landscape and watch movies but I just can't see it looking good.
      The picture is trash too, the dock connector isn't even centered haha.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I'm calling shenanigans
      +1
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      A iPhone built without restrictions is the same as a iPhone with the restrictions removed. Even if jobs had a one off iPhone with no restrictions it would still be jailbroke. Just from apple itself. Why would he pay people to do that when they are released free online? I'm sure his is jailbroke and through a dev team tool. Would it be worth someone leaking his custom frmware signed by apple? Then he couldn't complain?
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      this article is too old man.... it was real but apple rejected the other landscape port to push our current model..
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      why the hell would you want 2 dock connectors? maybe for the ipad dock..but that connector in the picture is not even centered on the ipad so how the hell would that be convienient? how bout a freaking SD card slot or a micro USB slot? Thats where apple needs to be going and not something redundant!
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      ipad has software rotation I dont see why they wouldnt add it, not really neccessary but helpful. how about an apple native springboard and lockscreen rotation for iphone, huh apple
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Lol. Even did a nice job photoshoping it.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      why the hell would you want 2 dock connectors? maybe for the ipad dock..but that connector in the picture is not even centered on the ipad so how the hell would that be convienient? how bout a freaking SD card slot or a micro USB slot? Thats where apple needs to be going and not something redundant!
      They will never put an SD slot on any idevice, Steve would never let us upgrade our memory unless it was an apple made card that only worked on app products. They make too much money charging us for the Higher Storage to let us upgrade and a reasonable cost.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      shrug. does anyone really care? currently available ipads don't have it. so not like we can do anything about it. worry about rumors is just a waste of time.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      shrug. does anyone really care? currently available ipads don't have it. so not like we can do anything about it. worry about rumors is just a waste of time.
      I find it pretty interesting what it'd be for. Didn't your mother teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't talk?
    1. luvrboy's Avatar
      luvrboy -
      i hope this isnt what the next gen iPad looks like, i love how it looks right now. but retina display would be legit on the next gen iPad, thats what i hope is included.