Alleged leaked iPad 5 schematics confirm reports that the next-generation Apple tablet will feature a more iPad-mini like design. The French blog NowhereElse.fr posted three images that show the iPad’s speaker has been moved from the back to the bottom, and that the iPad 5 will feature a thinner body and skinnier side bezels. These are all characteristic of Apple's original iPad mini released last year.
Earlier this year, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge described a fifth-generation iPad prototype as "stretched iPad mini," and the Asia trade publication DigiTimes said the new iPad would be 33 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the iPad 4. The DigiTimes also reported that iPad 5 production will begin in July-August, and start shipping in September.
Other rumors have pointed to the iPad mini 2 being released in Q4 of 2013, and that the iPad 5 will come in two different sizes. According to an earlier report, Apple is working on an "iPad maxi" with a 12.9-inch display. If true, Apple's iPad lineup will feature three sized iPad options, including the original 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad mini.