While an iPad 5 release date has been widely tipped for September, a number of accessory makers have announced iPad 5 cases in recent days, hinting that next week’s WWDC 2013 conference could see a surprise iPad 5 unveiling made by the Cupertino based company.
With Gumdrop yesterday outing its own iPad 5 cases, little-known accessory maker Hard Candy Cases has now got in on the act too, announcing not one, but two iPad 5 cases.
Entitled the ShockDrop and the Squish, the two new iPad 5 cases have reportedly been made to leaked iPad 5 specifications, with Apple’s next-generation tablet widely expected to feature an all new, slimmer, lighter form factor over past models.
Said to have taken considerable design hints from the current iPad mini, a number of claimed iPad 5 images have hit the web in recent weeks, further pointing to a streamlined, angled backed brushed metal finish.
Although Apple has yet to officially announce the iPad 5, it is believed the iPad 4 follow-on will hit retailers with a faster, quad-core processor in tow. With revised camera optics expected to be given the nod, mooted iPad 5 specs have also pointed to larger storage capacities.
While Hard Candy Cases have failed to offer insight into their reasoning behind unveiling iPad 5 cases prior to the tablet’s confirmation, Gumdrop yesterday suggested it had taken the game in the hope of capitalising on the potential gains that are on offer.
“Business has been good to Gumdrop and we can afford to take a pretty big bet, because the payoff is massive if we are right,” Gumdrop CEO Tim Hickman said. The Accessory maker has reportedly made some 15,000 iPad 5 cases already.
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