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Pseudo Apple iPad 2 Pictures Emerge Again

With only a few minutes to go, we bring you more pictures of what many claim to be a true representation of the iPad 2 have emerged with a definitive trend towards a different iPad 2 design altogether.

First, UK-based technology website Hexus published pictures of a mockup of iPad 2 which belongs to a "premium Apple accessory manufacturer claiming to know the final specification of the upcoming device".

The pictures, which can be found here (opens in new tab), have apparently been taken behind closed doors and largely matches previous reports (which, in many cases have originated from mockups and pictures themselves).

The non working enclosure has a tapered edge with a flat back, a cutout for what looks to be a speaker grill, room for either a SD card or SIM card slot, an empty space for a Thunderbolt port, a front facing camera and a rear camera.

A Chinese website (opens in new tab) also published what it says are pictures of the iPad 2 with all the expected features that were highlighted by Hexus.

But Wired (opens in new tab) did an excellent detailed analysis of the pictures and found a number of flaws that suggest that the gadget might actually be one of the many iPad 2 clones that are expected to flood the market over the next few weeks.

The screen for example, isn't straight in the shell and is missing the word "iPad" at the top left. The speaker grill is also considered to be suspicious while the headphone jack is considered as being "crazy".

Why not have a quick look at our extensive coverage of the iPad 2 over the last six months as we count down together the last few hours before the launch.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.