With 2011 inching closer, rumors and leaks regarding the second generation iPad are going to pick up speed. It’s just what always happens, the closer we get to the expected announcement of a particular device from the Cupertino-based company. Earlier in the week, we saw a video of what the iPad 2’s case might like; earlier than that, we heard rumors that the device may feature a smaller bezel this time around, along with a boost to the speaker. 9to5Mac managed to get their hands on some case mold drawings, and have pointed out a few interesting details from the images.
First and foremost, are the obviously tapered edges. The images also suggest that the second generation tablet device will have a slightly contoured back, much like the first generation’s body. The original report also says that the drawings confirm that the size of the camera hole is the same size as that of the iPhone 4’s. The drawings also show a new port opening on the left-hand side of the device, of which there’s no confirmation to its purpose. It could be a microSD card slot, as one rumor has reported in the past, but a likely candidate is the miniUSB or USB port that’s been hinted at.
The drawings don’t give us much. They do give us more questions, though. That port on the left side of the device is certainly something to keep in our mind’s eye, as we count down the days until Apple unveils the device officially.