Tim Hickman, the CEO and founder of Gumdrop Cases, also known as the maker of Hard Sweet Cases, has revealed the company will begin manufacturing a series of cases for the iPad 5 in advance of the iPad’s expose. Anticipating Apple to unveil the next-generation iPad at the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, Hickman and his business are ready to take the leap into producing add-ons based just on an inside source and the circulating iPad reports.

Gumdrop iPad 5 Case Announcement

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This isn’t the first time that Gumdrop has announced the launch of an accessory for an Apple item prior to Apple announces the launch of the product itself. Prior to the launch of the iPhone 4S, Gumdrop manufactured a case for exactly what they anticipated to be the iPhone 5 that didn’t fit the phone. Despite that one error, they’ve been right on 4 from 5 launches.

Being the first case on the market is an extremely preferable position for third-party Apple accesorry makers, but it’s a gamble. The Gumdrop cases are based upon leaked images and reports from the internet over the past couple of months, and although Hickman has actually hinted at an extra source, none was mentioned. “We are rather confident these cases will fit,” Hickman’s message states on the Gumdrop site. “If for some reason they do not, we will replace the case at no cost.”

The reports have pointed at the fifth-generation iPad weighing about 25 % less than the the iPad 4 and sharing the thinner bezel of the iPad Mini. Although there’s no certainty as to whether the iPad 5 announcement will be made at this point, Apple’s keynote at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference will take place on Monday, May 10th, at 10AM.

The Hard Candy and Gumdrop cases will be offered in a selection of styles and colors, ranging from $34.95 to $64.95. The cases are now included on the Gumdrop website, so if you are as positive as they’re on the iPad 5, pre-orders are currently offered for delivery on June 12th, 2013.