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iPad Mini Design Change Allegedly Halts Case Production

by Todd Haselton | October 9, 2012October 9, 2012 11:30 am PDT

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Case makers typically build protective covers for Apple’s products based on speculation or leaked design schematics. That’s why accessory makers such as Case Mate accidentally created protective cases for the “iPhone 5” ahead of the iPhone 4S launch. Those mishaps can cost millions of dollars, however, and it appears that accessory makers have stopped producing cases for the iPad mini because of a design change.

Macotakara┬ásaid recently that a “large OEM mobile accessory maker has stopped their iPad mini case production, because the form of the iPad mini has changed.” Apparently the “round shape” seems changed, although we’re not sure what else that means. Of course, OEMs need to make sure their cases meet the exact dimensions of a new product, otherwise they won’t work properly. As such, the existing design developed by the unnamed OEM may be scrapped entirely.

We’re not certain what else could have changed with the iPad mini design, or if this affects the cases we’ve already published, but we are expecting Apple to unveil the device on Oct. 17.

[via MacRumors, Macotakara]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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