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iPad 5 Rear Shell Image Leak, plus Possible Release Date

Apple broke news by releasing 128 GB iPad models on February 5. Both iPads come in both black and white, Wi-Fi and Cellular + Wi-Fi, as Apple is trying to break into the enterprise market. Will this mean the entry-level, next-generation iPad will be a 32 GB model? Highly unlikely, at least for now. On the other hand, Apple's announcement means there will be some changes in its product release cycle this year. This does involves the launch of the iPad 5.


There were rumors claiming the fifth-generation iPad would arrive in March. According to his sources, Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge Editor-in-Chief's says this isn't likely, although they did reveal juicy details about the upcoming iPad 5.

First of all, the iPad 5 model he got his hands on missed the finishing touches the iPad 3 had in January, which makes the March launch very unlikely. The possible iPad 5 release date is probably going to be around October, or even the end of September.

What does it look like? Well, it’s a lot smaller than one would guess was possible: in portrait orientation, picture a 9.7” screen with virtually no left or right bezels, and only enough space above and below the screen to accommodate the mandatory camera and Home Button elements. Beyond that, it’s noticeably thinner, as well, which is to say the the fifth-generation iPad will be smaller in every dimension than its predecessors. As it will have the same chamfered edges and curves, calling it a “stretched iPad mini” is very close to entirely accurate, with the rendering below looking pretty close to what I’ve seen. The critical question: “how will Apple accomplish this?” Hortwitz asks.


From the above images obtained by 9to5Mac, the iPad 5 resembles the iPad mini design, which, considering the success of the smaller tablet's design, will be one of the expected changes for this year. Horwitz highlights Apple will switch to IGZO panels with the iPad 5 -- with the help of Sharp -- which will bring down production costs, as well as providing a less power-hungry display, alongside an improved A6X processor. Overall, the iPad 5's key selling points will be its improved screen, dramatically smaller size, and reduced weight.

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