Industry sources have long rumored that hardware manufacturers get access to Apple hardware before its official launch. So far, this wasn’t confirmed.
Our long-term sponsor Proporta sent out the following announcement on the day of the release:
Thursday 3rd March 2011, Brighton, England: Proporta, the Brighton based manufacturer of protective gadget cases and accessories, is quick off the block to produce a range of accessories and cases for the new Apple iPad 2. Proporta announced 17 new products designed specifically for the new Apple iPad 2. There are 15 different protective cases ranging from £19.95 to £59.95 and two Advanced Screen Protectors, which is a record number of announcements for one device from Proporta. All the cases are available on www.proporta.com and will start shipping in four weeks time.
Guy Monson, Co-Founder and Director of Proporta said, “It’s great to see magnets being used in the new iPad to switch the device on and off. Proporta will certainly be making use of that functionality in our new line-up of cases and accessories. I know we’ll also be working with our partners in the fashion industry to make sure our accessories stand out from the crowd.”
Given that cases take some time to produce, I personally feel that this proves the rumors – feedback, anyone?