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More 'iPad 5' Cases Surface Showing Smaller and Thinner Design

With both front and rear casing parts and several case designs for the fifth-generation iPad having surfaced over the past several months, we are starting to get a very good idea of how Apple is drawing on design cues from the iPad mini to design a thinner and narrower full-size iPad.

Building on this concept of an iPad mini-inspired design, several more cases have appeared today offering a additional glimpses at what we might be able to expect from the next iPad.

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iPad 5 case (left) and iPad 4 case (right)

The first set of images comes from case maker Tactus, which shows cases for both the current iPad and the fifth-generation model, with a clear plastic mockup of the fifth-generation model showing how its features would mimic those of the iPad mini.

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Meanwhile, Engadget shares photos of another iPad 5 case leaking out of Hong Kong, with a number of comparison shots showing how the device size and various physical features line up between the fourth-generation and fifth-generation cases.

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iPad 5 case (blue) and iPad 4 case (gray)

With parts and cases already circulating, it can be difficult to tell whether new case leaks such as these are based on genuinely leaked specs or merely on previous information, but the case designs remain consistent with previous leaks and rumors and may offer a decent picture of Apple's plans.

Related roundup: iPad Air

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17 months ago
Wow... watermark much?
Rating: 13 Votes
17 months ago

Darn, still single speaker. :( Was hoping it would get updated to 2.


Looks like a dual speaker to me.
Rating: 10 Votes
17 months ago
Hope the 5th is out by Summer.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago

Looks like a dual speaker to me.


Personally I have been hoping they would have been able to implement one speaker on the bottom and one on the top. Mostly watching videos in landscape mode, I don't see why the speaker(s) should be blasting into one direction.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 months ago
Darn, still single speaker. :( Was hoping it would get updated to 2.
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago
Wake me up when it's released.
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago

I've just bought an iPad 4 to replace a gen 1 iPad and while I'm not so interested in thiner and lighter I'm interested to see the direction the platform is going in. iOS 7 is going to have a lot more impact than it being slightly lighter and thinner.


lighter and thinner does matter. Not generation to generation but long term. take an iPad 1 and an iPad 5 and you will surely notice the thinness difference. Little changes over time can make a bug impact.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago

I though the thicker border screen on the iPad - instead of the thin one like the Mini - was a good idea. In many instances you have to hold and iPad with your thumb on the screens edge. This thinner screen and border means my thumb will be on the visible screen and in the multi-touch area. This seems like it would cause problems. Unless they plan on redoing the iOS with a completely horizontal lay out?


...or if they plan to simply use the technology already plugged into iOS for the past 8 months, which prevents your fingers being recognised as part of an intentional tap or gesture when on the edge of the screen. ;)

Source (http://www.geek.com/apple/beware-some-apps-dont-work-well-on-the-ipad-mini-1527601/)
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago

Looks like a dual speaker to me.


Definitely. In a way, I'm glad there are two speakers, though the single speaker of past models had a good bit of punch to it. But I also can understand why stereo is fairly pointless. The stereo effect will only work properly in portrait mode, making it useless for movies in widescreen. Plus, if I want good sound quality, I'll just use headphones anyway. Dual speakers are probably more useful on the Mini because of its smaller size.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

Personally I have been hoping they would have been able to implement one speaker on the bottom and one on the top. Mostly watching videos in landscape mode, I don't see why the speaker(s) should be blasting into one direction.


Agree. Amazon did that with the Kindle HD, and it's funny how a lot of people blasted them for it. They got it right!
Rating: 2 Votes

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