Citing “repeatedly reliable sources,” iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz claims that Apple is working on a new iPad smart case with the same folding magnetized functionality of the Smart Cover for the iPad 2. The difference, however, will be the addition of a rear shell made of fiberglass covered with leather that has a polyurethane layer for a glossy appearance and easy cleaning. Horwitz is unsure if the case will be solely for the allegedly thicker iPad 3, which is set to launch on Wednesday, or if it will have backwards compatibility with the iPad 2 as well…
The report also provided some brief speculation about the next-generation iPhone, which is expected to maintain its glass backing despite rumors suggesting an all-aluminum casing; nevertheless, the handset is expected to have a slimmer design thanks to Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 2 and even smaller internal components.
Despite the well-established “aluminum-backed iPhone 5” rumors that have continued to circulate since the iPhone 4 was released, Apple is nonetheless continuing to experiment with glass and ceramic rear shells for a future iPhone model. The upshot is that the new design would be like the iPhone 4, but thinner, thanks to Corning’s stronger Gorilla Glass 2 and the further reduction of internal components. Our source suggests that the 30-pin Dock Connector is likely on the way out in the near future, and that a larger screen remains in the cards.