ll of Apple’s products are the subject of rumour and speculation for the entirety of their life cycle, from the earliest speculative articles (e.g. iPhone 6 features on the day of the iPhone 5 release
), to blurry images and specification leaks for months before release, to last-minute feature inclusions right up to the launch itself. Judging by this week’s leak, we’re still only in the middle of that cycle for the fifth-generation full size iPad
According to schematic images published by NowhereElse.fr, the iPad 5 will be much thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It’ll be 7.9 millimetres thick, making it a small amount thicker than the iPad Mini (7.2 mm) but much improved compared to the current generation (9.4 mm).
The iPad 5 is also expected to be smaller in its other dimensions. According to calculations done by the French outlet, the iPad 5 will be only 232 millimetres wide and 178.5 millimetres tall – a good reduction compared to the iPad 4’s 241.3 mm height and 185.8 mm width.
With the iPad employing the same 9.7 inch screen as its predecessor, that reduction in dimensions will likely be down to a thinner bezel being employed. While Apple recently filed for a bezel that acts as either a non-reactive edge (when held) or an extension of the display (for full screen videos), it’s thought that this patent will appear first on the iWatch instead of on a new iPad.
Overall, the design language will be similar to Apple’s most recently redesigned models. We’ll likely see the same kind of two-tone design that was featured on the cases of both iPad Mini and iPhone 5.
So there we have it – the latest news on the fifth generation iPad. I hope you’ve found these details interesting! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.