This Is The iPad 3 Case Best Buy Is Secretly Stockpiling By The Thousands

This Is The iPad 3 Case Best Buy Is Secretly Stockpiling By The Thousands

Best Buy is reportedly sitting on thousands of Targus Versavu 360 cases for iPad 3 ahead of Apple's Wednesday announcement.

Could iPad 3 cases already be shipping to Best Buy? Sure, and probably are. Does that mean third-party case manufacturers know what to expect? Don’t count on it, but if so, the iPad 3 case above — a variation on the existing Targus Versavu 360 case for iPad 2 — is the first one you’ll be able to buy.

According to a report from PhoneArena, iPad 3 cases are shipping in bulk to Best Buy, which is telling employees not to put them on shelves until “after the iPad 3’ launch.

“The shipment is not of just a few cases — there’s over 1,000 Targus Versavu 360 stands for the next-gen iPad shipping to Best Buy, meaning that it won’t be long until the actual tablet hits shelves,” the report said.

Well, duh. Apple’s likely to start shipping the iPad 3 in the next few weeks. But the case market is hyper-competitive, and as we’ve seen before, case makers are often willing to bet the farm on conjectural designs ahead of an official Apple product launch in the hopes of beating the competition to market.

Given that the iPad 3 is rumored to have a casing design largely identical to the iPad 2, except for maybe a squidge thicker, we’d say it’s pretty likely that Targus is making a bet here, instead of working on insider information. We’ve reached out to Targus for comment, and will let you know what they have to say for themselves.

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  • Bob Whipple

    I am betting that many of the iPad 2 cases will work just fine….

  • Brad Sanders

    I have this case for my ipad 2. I bought it on launch day then and frankly it has been an awesome case. 

  • macnstuff

    Just don’t spend $60 on a Targus iPad case! I bought a non branded one on eBay for $17.99 including shipping and it is almost identical to the Targus with the exception that it actually has a better elasticated band to secure the case than the Targus one which I thought was fiddly.

  • Alex Brown

    silly Targus… I use iBallz, which are a unique, drop-proof, tablet protecting harness that I assume will fit an iPad (as well as most other tablets) from 3 to infinity :)

    Did I mention I paid a mere 20 bucks for this awesome tablet protection?

  • bnieco

    Buyer beware! I purchased one from Best Buy today because I liked the original so much for my iPad 2. But 2 out of the 3 new features advertised don’t work at all! No magnet closure. (And yes, I’ve already verified that the smart close feature is working on my iPad 3.) The new viewing angle supposedly enabled by slipping the edge of the iPad under the stylus loop doesn’t work, either. My wife picked it up on the way home, so I couldn’t try it out in the store. It goes back tomorrow!

  • Patrick Lee

    I like this one here by X-Doria, they are the new kids on the block, it fits the new ipad 3 perfectly, auto sleep and wake up works, can be used as stand in 2 angles, hard back for protection with free express shipping. I’m happy with my purchase.

    http://x-doria.ae/shop/tablet-ebook-reader/apple-ipad/the-new-ipad/smartstyle-the-new-ipad-case-black-detail.html

    and

    http://x-doria.ae/shop/tablet-ebook-reader/apple-ipad/the-new-ipad/smartstyle-the-new-ipad-case-white-detail.html
    (they have a product video in this page, you can scroll down to see it)

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