Widely believed to be in for a design change, the latest iPad 5 leaks show off a device with a narrow angled back almost identical to that of Apple’s current 7.9-inch ‘mini’ tablet. A number of previously leaked images claiming to show the iPad 5 have all pointed to similar alterations.
Taking on a slightly squarer design than past models, the prematurely outed iPad 5 picture points to Apple’s next tablet adopting the same base-mounted speaker grill as the mini. The now standard Lightning port is also shown lining up on the tablet’s lower edge.
Sadly the picture, which has surfaced courtesy of repeated French tipsters NowhereElse, is not joined by any further details on the tablet, with the iPad 5’s precise dimensions still very much clouded in mystery.
Although sure to retain the 9.7-inch screen size of former iPad’s, recent iPad 5 rumours have all pointed to the tablet featuring a reduced overall form factor thanks to dramatically smaller bezels and a slimmer, refreshed profile.
While the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone 5C are widely expected to head into the realms of reality during a rumoured but currently unconfirmed September 10 Apple launch event, it is believed the iPad 5, as well as a Retina display hosting iPad mini 2 will be held off until a separate launch event in October.
Further iPad 5 rumours have pointed to the tablet boasting a speedier quad-core CPU alongside improved camera optics and a revised display panel which will ultimate help minimise the tablet’s thickness.
Also expected to feature is Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system which was formally unveiled during WWDC 2013 back in June and is tipped to be rolled out across existing iOS device users in the days leading up to the iPhone 5S release date.
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