Chinese manufacturers have already begun making silicon cases for the alleged iPad 2, sporting cutouts for the camera and new speaker.  (Source:
New device could be smaller, with larger speaker and dual cameras

File this one squarely in the rumor column: anonymous Chinese sources have leaked a few secret details of the next-generation iPad to a Japanese blog, Engadget reports.

Again, the following specs are unconfirmed, but here is what the blog, Mac Otakara, alleges: the next-generation iPad will have the same 9.7-inch display, a flattened back, and a bezel width 3-mm smaller than the current device. There is also a "wide-range speaker" covered with "metal mesh" (see picture). The iPad 2 is said to measure 239 x 186 mm, slightly smaller than the current iPad's 242.8 x 189.7 mm size.

As for cameras, the source could not confirm the existence of dual cameras. However, previous reports strongly suggest the next iPad will sport a front-facing camera for FaceTime, as well as a rear-facing one for higher resolution photos.

According to the source, production on the new iPad has begun and it should begin shipping from factories "between mid to end of January." If that's the case, we'll certainly be hearing more about the follow-up to the hugely successful tablet from Apple very soon.

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