In recent weeks the number of leaks we’ve seen has been tremendous. More than any year I’ve known before. At least, it’s the most I’ve seen since I started writing for TiP in 2010. And there’s one source posting more of them than anyone else: Sonny Dickson.
Below is a gallery of a few of the shots of the 5th generation iPad’s rear shell. These fit in nicely with the front panel that showed up yesterday.
I’ve mentioned this in the past, but, for me the iPad 5 is going to be one of this year’s most important products. If not for Apple or consumers, it certainly will be for me. Since the iPad mini launched, I’ve never wanted to so much as pick up a 3rd or 4th generation iPad. I love the smaller form factor, and the extra weight and bulk added by the iPad with Retina’s need for a large battery have made the tablet completely undesirable. The only thing the iPad mini needs to become my perfect tablet is a Retina display.
But, my opinion could change completely if the iPad 5 is as good as it can be. The slimmer bezels and thinner body should make it much more portable and less unwieldy. I’ve also always maintained that the larger Retina display is a lot nicer to look at. It provides a more immersive experience for gaming, it’s fantastic for reading books and comics and brilliant for watching video. From my own personal needs point of view, it’s also better for my work. Typing up reviews or articles on an iPad mini isn’t great. Whether I’m using a keyboard case, or a full size Bluetooth, it doesn’t detract from the fact that the mini’s display isn’t sharp enough to make the most of on-screen text.
Let’s hope Apple addresses all the annoyances with the 3rd and 4th gen iPads by releasing an iPad 5 that’s powerful, light, and slim. That’s what we need.
Via: Sonny Dickson