iPad 5

Analyst Predicts A7X Powered iPad 5, iPad mini 2 in Time for Christmas

KGI-Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has gone on record predicting Apple has plans to release the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 with an A7X processor in time for the upcoming holiday season. Since the A7X will be a significant upgrade from the current A5 processor found in the iPad mini, Kuo believes this indicates the second-generation mini will use a Retina display like its larger counterpart.

Apple A7 Processor

Retina displays decrease the amount of pixelation the human eye detects at a normal viewing range while increasing resolution. The analyst’s prediction of the A7X chip in both devices is based on the fact that only an A-Series-X chip is powerful enough to run a Retina display, eliminating an upgrade to an A6. However, some pundits believe this doesn't rule out the possibility of an A6X powered mini.

iPad 5 White Front Bezel Detailed in HD Pics

Stunning new images detailing the front assembly of a white iPad 5 have surfaced on Sonny Dickson. As the fall release of the next generation iPad and iPad mini are fast approaching, higher quality photos and parts leaks are becoming the norm. Right in line with previous leaks, the part shows a thinner bezel on the next generation iPad.

leaked iPad 5 front bezel white

The revised design brings the full-sized iPad in line with the iPad mini, which is also expected to see a refresh this fall. The iPad mini could feature a Retina display, increasing resolution. When it comes to the 5th generation iPad, Apple is expected to use the same film-based display technology featured in the iPad mini to reduce screen thickness.

More Proof of Thinner Bezels on iPad 5

The upcoming iPad refresh is widely expected to take design cues from the iPad mini. Multiple reports and leaked photos seem to confirm the new look, including snaps of redesigned back iPad 5 panels and even a video showing a partially assembled iPad 5. It comes as no surprise that more parts have surfaced, this time in Australia.

ipad 5 leaked bezel

Photos from MacFixit further confirm thinner bezels on the front iPad 5 panel. While the display size remains the same as the current model tablet, Apple clearly plans to trim the bezel thickness to more closely match the proportions of the iPad mini. The new tablet will likely retain the same Retina display found in the fourth generation iPad.


New Video Allegedly Shows Partially Assembled iPad 5

More alleged iPad 5 parts have leaked online in a new video posted by Mac Otakara. The video supposedly shows a partially assembled iPad 5. We've previously seen leaked images of the rumored next-generation iPad's back panel, but this is the first time anyone has seen it assembled with the front panel. The back panel in the video also features a different looking Apple logo than the previously leaked images.

Apple is expected to announce the fifth-generation iPad along with the iPhone 5S and rumored low-cost iPhone 5C next month. Previous rumors also suggest that Apple could launch a non-Retina iPad mini 2, followed by a Retina display version in early 2014.

Leaked Photos Show Redesigned iPad 5

Add leaked photos to the growing list of evidence that the next generation iPad will take design cues from the iPad mini. Although schematics have already been revealed showing the form factor takes inspiration from the iPad mini, back panels proving as much have been revealed by sources to FanaticFone.

silver ipad 5 leak

The silver panel ascribed to the upcoming iPad 5 has dimensions of 9.45 x 6.61 inches and a weight of 3.53 ounces, which means the part is lighter and smaller than the previous model. Other changes that match the iPad 5 to the iPad mini include the two-part volume button and bottom speaker housing. It is said the iPad 5 will feature a smaller front bezel, another iPad mini trait coming to the larger Apple tablet.

Rumored iPad 5 Schematics Show New Design

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.

iPad 5 Design

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.

Gumdrop Case Makers Predict iPad 5 Announcement

Tim Hickman, the CEO and founder of Gumdrop Cases, also known as the manufacturer of Hard Candy Cases, has announced the company will begin manufacturing a series of cases for the iPad 5 in advance of the iPad’s reveal. Expecting Apple to unveil the next-generation iPad at the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, Hickman and his company are ready to take the leap into producing accessories based only on an inside source and the circulating iPad rumors.

Gumdrop iPad 5 Case Announcement

This is not the first time that Gumdrop has announced the release of an accessory for an Apple product before Apple announces the release of the product itself. Prior to the release of the iPhone 4S, Gumdrop manufactured a case for what they expected to be the iPhone 5 that did not fit the phone. Despite that one misstep, they have been right on 4 out of 5 releases.

iPad 5 Case Pops Up At Hong Kong Electronics Fair

An alleged iPad 5 case showing off the device's rumored "iPad mini-like design" has popped up at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Engadget got an early look at the fifth-generation iPad accessory, which was modeled after a leaked mold of the device. The Engadget staff compared the case to older iPad cases, and discovered that the new iPad will be "slimmer and narrower," if the case's design is accurate.

Fifth-Generation iPad Rumors

This is not the first time we have heard the iPad 5 will feature the same screen size as its predecessors, while sporting thinner left and right-side bezels like the iPad mini. In February, case manufacturer MiniSuit claimed to know the next-generation tablet's official specs, and built a similar case based on the leaked info. iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz also claimed to have seen a "physical model of the completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad", and said it resembled a "stretched iPad mini".

iPad 5 to Feature Thinner Display, New Tech

The iPad 5 could be delayed as Apple works on improving the technology in its next generation tablet. A report from CNET points to a thinner display that will reduce the side profile and weight of the iPad 5. Switching to a film-based touch sensor and smaller LED backlights would also improve power efficiency.

iPad 5 thin display

Apple is widely expected to duplicate the iPad mini design on the next full-sized 9.7-inch tablet, shrinking the bezel thickness on the device. Despite rumors, Sharp's IGZO display may not be included in the iPad 5. Any move to reduce the display component thickness could bring the next generation iPad back down to a size more comparable to the iPad 2.

Next Generation iPad to Feature Wireless Charging?

The iPad 5 could feature a brand new accessory if a recent patent filing from Apple comes to fruition. The company has designed an inductive charging Smart Cover that would wirelessly transfer power to and from a future iPad. The Smart Cover itself would operate much like today's models.

iPad 5 wireless charging Smart Cover

The difference is that the charging Smart Cover would contain its own battery and the components needed for inductive charging. The iPad itself would also feature wireless charging hardware, which would operate when the cover is closed or used as a stand.


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