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Another iPad 5 case leak points to iPad mini redesign

Another iPad Air case has leaked online, seemingly supporting the idea that Apple’s next 9.7-inch slate could look very similar to the iPad mini 2.

The new case appeared at a Hong Kong Electronics Fair and when compared with an iPad 4 case (pictured), the iPad 5 is seen to be narrower and slimmer than its predecessor.

If it still maintains the 9.7-inch display of all previous iPad models, the iPad 5 should have the thinner side bezels of the iPad mini and iPhone 5 designs.

According to the staff supposedly offering the latest iPad 5 case, the cover is based on a leaked mould.

Both this new case leak and previous ones that have been seen on various sites show the iPad 5 could have the same new speaker design and relocated microphone as the iPad mini as well.

Last week an alleged iPad 5 fascia emerged online, which also suggested the next-generation Apple slate will feature a greatly reduced bezel mimicking the design of the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

It is also claimed that the iPad 5 will not only be smaller in size, but thinner too, due to an all-new LED backlight device being used. The new backlight apparatus would make the display more efficient, while the display would use more energy efficient LEDs.

As with previous launches of new iPad iterations, the iPad 5 is tipped to have the usual gamut of spec improvements from a faster processor, higher-resolution cameras to sharper graphics and improved battery life.

It is still unknown whether Apple will change the display technology in the iPad 5, but the company is rumoured to be interested in Sharp IGZO technology. Such a display would allow for extreme pixel-density that is kind on battery life, and would positively change the dimensions and weight of the iPad 5.

Widely expected to be one of the first devices to come pre-installed with Apple’s new iOS 7 software, the iPad 5 is hotly rumoured to launch at the WWDC 2013 event.

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Via: Engadget

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