Apple’s next generation full-size is a huge point of interest for me. I adore the iPad mini, and ever since I got it, my old 3rd gen iPad felt too big and too heavy. An opinion shared by many who have owned both. But that’s not to say I don’t miss the larger 9.7″ Retina display. It was perfect for reading comics, playing games and working with an almost full-size keyboard case. So, as soon as it started to emerge that the fifth gen model would have a much slimmer and lighter body with thinner bezels, I was intrigued.
Today, yet another image from weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr) shows the rear shell of the iPad 5, this time, in silver. As you can see from the image, the design borrows very heavily from the iPad mini with its rounded edges, flat back, and stereo speaker grilles either side of a Lightning port. What’s also worth noting is that if you look at the way the protective film clings on to the Apple logo, the air pockets around the edges indicate that (as rumored previously) the logo isn’t painted on. Instead, the logo is a molded plastic insert.
As for the other specs, we’ve heard very little. However, we can expect that it’ll be powered by an A7X chip, a beefed up version of the efficient A7 that should be found inside the iPhone 5S. Display-wise, it should be the same size and resolution as current Retina iPads, but featuring technology from the iPad mini that not only makes it thinner, but also more battery efficient.
We’re unsure as to when Cupertino’s chiefs are going to announce the next iPad. But, if last year’s anything to go by, we should see it announced and launched just in time for the holiday period.