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Silver iPad 5 Rear Shell Appears in New Photos with iPad Mini Styling

Back in January, a handful of photos of what was alleged to be the fifth-generation black iPad's rear shell surfaced, showing how the device would take design cues from the iPad mini to offer a smaller form factor with narrower side bezels and more rounded rear edges. An additional photo appeared in late April, but otherwise leaks of the device's rear shell have been scarce. A variety of cases designed to fit the expected iPad 5 form factor have also been appearing in recent months.

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FanaticFone now shares some new photos of an alleged fifth-generation iPad rear shell, this time in the silver color that would presumably be paired with a white display assembly as on the iPad mini. The photos highlight several features of the part, including separate volume buttons as opposed to the single rocker button on the current iPad, dual speakers flanking the device's Lightning port along the bottom edge, and a narrower lip for the display assembly than seen on the current iPad.

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The report also claims that the Apple logo on the part is silver as on the iPad mini, although it is not clearly shown in any photos. Only the black rear of the Apple logo insert can be seen in a photo of the inside of the shell. A second photo of the shell's bottom edge shows a bit of the logo, but out of focus and at a significant angle, making it difficult to see.

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Apple's fifth-generation iPad is expected to launch as soon as next month, with a new iPad mini with Retina display perhaps following soon after.

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15 months ago

Looks like Apple will continue to not put a flash for the camera on the iPad.


No need for a flash. No one sane takes pictures with iPads.
Rating: 37 Votes
15 months ago
Fake. The photos aren't blurry enough.
Rating: 24 Votes
15 months ago
Err... does the Apple logo cutout look really strange to anyone else or just me?
Rating: 14 Votes
15 months ago
Cook: Then we told them, "We're going to double down on secrecy!" :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago

Err... does the Apple logo cutout look really strange to anyone else or just me?


You aren't seeing the cutout, you're seeing the back of the black plastic that's been molded into the cutout. The inside of the iPad 4 looks the same way:

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Rating: 11 Votes
15 months ago

No need for a flash. No one sane takes pictures with iPads.


No one sane says that no one sane takes pictures with iPads.

Decent camera, very powerful processor and big screen for photo editing, perfect for taking pictures and editing them on the go.

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And as always, Apple will praise the "stunning, new design" of the iPad 5 - even though the entire Apple community can obviously see it's based off the iPad mini.


If other companies get praise for "stunning new designs" based on older Apple products, why can't Apple?
Rating: 10 Votes
15 months ago

No need for a flash. No one sane takes pictures with iPads.


That is not true. The iPad camera is pretty okay. The lens/viewfinder size ratio is the best of all cameras available. ;) The onboard video (!) editing software is the best/fastest of all mobile OS.

Habakuk
Director, Senior TV Camera Operator, Photographer

PS. Just would like to have that quick camera access button on lockscreen like on iPhone.
Rating: 8 Votes
15 months ago

Looks like Apple will continue to not put a flash for the camera on the iPad.


Oh please no.

Let us not enoourage people holding up their ipads to take pictures.
Rating: 8 Votes
15 months ago
but how thick is it? thinner than the current ipads rear shell? I sure hope so, the ipad feels ancient to hold compared to the ipad mini just due to the thickness, bezel and weight
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago

Err... does the Apple logo cutout look really strange to anyone else or just me?


Not at all; the Apple logo cutout always looks bloated from the inside of the shell, because the hole is cut bigger on the inside of the shell to give a lip for the plastic logo to hold on to. For example, it looks just like the logo inside the iPad 3 shell:

http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/08/purported-ipad-3-shells-floating-around-china-heres-a-very-high-resolution-image-of-the-inside/
Rating: 7 Votes

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