A picture of what appear to be an iPad Air fascia have emerged online, revealing the upcoming Apple slate will greatly resemble the iPad mini.
Such a bezel reduction could even mean that the iPad 5 could use a larger screen size, perhaps upping the current 9.7-inch display to the full 10-inches or larger, akin to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
The photo has appeared via French blog Nowhereelse, which has been a fairly reliable rumour monger thus far, so we could be looking at the new iPad 5 design.
iPad 5 Rumours
Online rumours have often suggested that the iPad 5 will come sporting a revamped design and form factor, with most suggesting the tablet will mimic the design features of the iPad mini, including the aforementioned narrower bezel, redesigned speakers and relocated microphone.
Following in the design footsteps of the iPad mini and iPhone 5, the iPad 5 should wield the same brushed metal finish on the rear of the device.
Along with the iPhone 5S and iPad mini 2, the iPad 5 could be one of the first Apple devices to come pre-installed with iOS 7. The fifth-generation Apple tablet could also pack an IGZO screen panel for employing a lower-capacity battery unit without loss of stamina.
Apple’s A6X chip processor currently used in the iPad 4 should also get a performance boost, along with a higher-resolution camera and sharper graphics than its predecessors.
The rumour mill has tipped an iPad 5 release date to lie somewhere in September, which would be exactly a year after the iPad 4 release, tying in with Apple’s usual annual launch schedule.