Rumors

iPad (fifth-generation)

  • Smaller body with 9.7” screen, reduced side bezels

  • Markedly thinner, lighter than predecessor

  • Similar in design to the iPad mini

  • New screen technology?

  • Summer production

  • October release

Our review of the iPad Air can be found here.

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is expected to borrow design cues from the successful iPad mini. The overall footprint of the newest full-sized iPad should be smaller, while preserving the same 9.7” screen size. We expect the device to be thinner, with dramatically smaller left and right bezels. Chamfered edges and curves would also come from the iPad mini design.

Due to its smaller, thinner nature, the newest full-sized iPad should have a full internal redesign, including a smaller, updated version of the A6X. Processing capabilities could be similar to the fourth-generation iPad.

While rumors suggested that Apple was hoping for an April release, we still believe October is the most likely target release date for the newest iPad. The fifth-generation iPad may very well utilize a new screen technology, possibly Sharp’s IGZO, which enables thinner and more power-efficient high-resolution displays. However, a March report noted that IGZO production has continued to miss targets, making it less likely — but not impossible — that the fifth-generation iPad could feature an IGZO screen. If it still uses a Retina display, rather than an IGZO screen, the device may be a bit thicker than originally anticipated.

Other rumors:

A photo of the alleged fifth-generation iPad’s bezel was leaked in early April — there is a thinner bezel on the left and right edges.

There was talk of a possible iPad event in April; that looks highly unlikely at this point. March was another alleged release date.

Fifth-generation iPad production will begin in July or August. This seems like a possibility, given an expected October release.

Some rumors claimed that the new iPad would switch to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. We don’t believe so.

A redesigned, smaller LED backlight will reduce the overall size of the device.

A few more alleged cases leaked in mid-April; both hint at a thinner bezel and smaller overall form factor.

  • iPad (fifth-generation)

    Image courtesy of Martin Hajek.

  • iPad (fifth-generation)

    An alleged rear shell of the fifth-generation iPad was leaked in late April. [via Tactus]

  • iPad (fifth-generation)

    A photo of an alleged fifth-generation iPad case is quite clearly smaller than a fourth-generation iPad case, matching our report that the next iPad will have a form factor closer to the iPad mini. Additional case comparisons are included below. [via 9to5Mac]

  • iPad (fifth-generation)

    Photos of a prototype back piece for the fifth-generation iPad have been leaked by a “purported China-based iPad accessories maker." The photos show a smaller, thinner casing with chamfered edges and virtually no left or right bezel.

  • iPad (fifth-generation)

    The top of the backplate indicates that this is an LTE model. Our sources have said the fifth-generation iPad will launch in or near October. [via 9to5Mac]

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