Leaked front bezels and a rear case chassis have pointed towards a new iPad with a sleeker design in the past, with Vietnamese site Tinhte serving up some more evidence to support the leaks. This time it’s a set of cases supposedly designed for the iPad 5, hinting at an tablet with much thinner bezels.
That would ultimately lead to a smaller 9.7-inch iPad too, with a video comparing the cases against the current iteration of Apple’s tablet. As demonstrated, the surface area of the case is smaller than the actual iPad thanks to those reduced bezels. The dimensions of the case also reportedly match the front bezel that was leaked back in April, so a new iPad with a design that leans towards the iPad mini may be a reality after all.
Past rumours have suggested that the next iPad will also be thinner and lighter. A leaked case shell seen in late April seems to support the theory, and a report from a DisplaySearch analyst indicated that Apple could cut down thickness by using fewer, more efficient LED backlights. A film-based touch sensor could also help to cut down on unnecessary components.
It doesn’t look like the iPad 5 will be shown off at WWDC 2013, however. Jim Dalrymple of The Loop indicated that WWDC would be focused on iOS 7 as well as OS X, with previous rumours suggesting that the next version of Apple’s tablet has been pushed back until later in the year.
Spotted at Nowhereelse.fr