large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

iPad 5 rear cover measured up

The rear cover of the forthcoming iPad Air appears to have been analysed in some depth in a recent video.

Apple’s next full-sized tablet should be making an appearance over the coming weeks, so we’ve already seen a number of component leaks – chiefly the rear cover.

However, this latest video is notable for running through some of the iPad 5’s likely measurements. It’s noted that the rear panel is 239.2 x 169.5mm, which compares favourably to the 241.2 x 185.7mm equivalent component on the iPad 4.

As those dimensions suggest, the iPad 5 will be proportionally narrower than the iPad 4, reflecting its shift to the same design template as the iPad mini. Expect super skinny side bezels when we finally catch a glimpse of the front of the device.

The iPad 5 rear panel is also just 7.2mm thick, according to the report. That’s more than 2mm thinner than the iPad 4 rear panel, and the same thickness as the iPad mini overall. The display shouldn’t add significantly to the iPad 5’s thickness, either, so we know it’s going to be a seriously slim 9.7-inch tablet.

As you might expect, the iPad 5’s rear panel is shown to be a fair bit lighter than the iPad 4’s. The final device should be much less of a pain to hold over prolonged periods.

Besides these basic dimensions, the video also details a couple of interesting design elements. The volume button opening reveals two separate controls rather than the iPad 4’s single rocker, while there’s a new machined hole on the top-rear of the panel.

Reports suggest that Apple will officially reveal the iPad 5, alongside the iPad mini 2, at a launch event on October 15.

Read More: iPhone 5S review

Via: MacRumours

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.