Over the last two weeks, there have been numerous reports about leaked second-generation, or iPad 2, cases. We’ve seen stories, videos, and photos, all of which were mostly unconfirmed.
This week, the Wall Street Journal reports that several of the second-generation iPad case photos found on Alibaba.com have been removed upon legal demand. This is almost 100% an Apple cease and desist letter.
But someone — it’s unclear who — doesn’t seem to appreciate all the attention: Alibaba.com was asked to remove the listings. We do not know whether these products are what they say they are, but we have received a legitimate takedown request and are removing the listings, Alibaba Group spokesman John Spelich said Wednesday.
While it has not been confirmed that Apple ordered the case photos pulled, additional inquiries reportedly led to a company named Fullchance Industrial Co. who claimed that the case designs were “extremely accurate” and that they worked directly with Hon Hai Precision Industry, a firm that assembles iPhone and iPad devices.
Typically speaking, when photos of future rumored products start disappearing by way of mysterious commands, it’s usually a safe bet that what was pulled was accurate and is to be released.
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