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New Video of Assembled iPad 5 Enclosure Shows Smaller iPad Mini-Inspired Design

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has posted a new video showing what appears to be the rear shell and front panel of the next-generation iPad, with size comparisons to the current full-size iPad. The enclosure in the video is consistent with previous leaks including a set of photos last week also claiming to be of the front panel and digitizer of the next generation iPad.

The new video, which offers a good overview of the parts, also highlights the separate up and down volume buttons on the side of the upcoming device, refined speakers, and an overall narrower design measuring two-thirds of an inch less than the current model.


Various leaks pertaining to Apple's full-sized iPad have surfaced in recent months, including photos of the tablet's silver rear shell as well as additional photos of the black iPad 5's front components. The new design takes strong design cues from the iPad mini, with Apple also reportedly using the same touch panel technology as in the iPad mini to reduce size and weight.

Apple will reportedly release the thinner full-size iPad and the next-generation iPad mini in the final three months of the year. The company is holding an iPhone media event on September 10, but it will not include the introduction of the refreshed iPad line.

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12 months ago
But will it come in Champagne??
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago
Double down on secrecy!
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago

Double down on secrecy!


Double down on original comments!
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago

Double down on secrecy!


Never seen this comment before
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago
This is my next.

Getting rid of my iPad mini for this.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

Never seen this comment before


I heard there's one about a certain browser that leaves the user under the impression that it is increasingly nimble in performance in a brief comparison to the previous versions.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago
So torn! iPad Mini (assuming it has Retina) or iPad 5 gahhhhhhh
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago
The only reason I chose an iPad mini over the full-size one was weight.

It looks like Apple will lighten the iPad quite a bit with the 5. Can't wait to go back to a retina iPad.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago

I wonder if this guy is gonna get done for handling stolen goods?


Or paid a nice sized check from Apple for introducing the 'new' form factor in a discreet/social/youtube/covert sort o' way? Lots of competition on the market right now---nothing like whetting our appetites and surely with the passion folks have shown from the 'mini' design, anyone considering a tablet this fall---and for school, kind of a cool way to get the 'tease' out there. Nothing about function, the guts, the stuff we @ MR are curious about:)

This is the irritating part! We all know for a fact what its going to look like. We have enough renderings, schematcis and a whole lot of pictures (fake or real) to attest that. There has been so many leaks, all of the same thing. Nothing which talks about internal specifications, camera, colours, new features, nothing substanial. Kind of weird! maybe the iPhone launch will give us some insight.


My guess---the 'housing' or the case as we see here, even the product in full dress is what Apple wants us to see (see my above response). Apple is fully aware how much WE want to know about the A7 the GPU, the RAM, the 'new' display technology (if it so exists), energy/battery---speed increases, weight decreases...et al.

I guess I feel the HAVE doubled down on secrecy. The 'guts'---or what is going to actually set this redesign apart from the 3/4 is only half the equation. The other half...that WE are interested in remains secret for a reason (and are manufactured by companies with much stricter control and guidelines as far as bringing your camera to work:))

You make a good point. It might make sense to let case components leak to get people excited about the new design. The cosmetics are what people get excited about (see iPhone S grumblings). Keep the internals secret because that's their ace, that's what they play down but secretly rely upon.


I'm with you---110%

If all they did was radically upgrade the camera and made the next iPad less "bulky" then I think it'd make a nice upgrade for my iPad 2. There never was a compelling reason to shell out another $1k for a tablet.

I do wish Apple would update the Speakers on all their devices - the speaker quality on the MBP, iMac, iPad and iPhone are horrendous.


Not much you can do with speakers in such a thin, light device. They're made to enjoy most with a set of good cans. It does look like they may be going to stereo speakers in this case---that'll improve the sound somewhat;) But it's tough, impossible actually---to create decent sound from such a device. Speakers need 'air' to move and to sound good...it's a physics thing;)


That's ridiculous. By comparison against any other tablet I've seen, the current iPad is still the sharpest. While I agree that DVD's should go with the dodo, there is nothing so egregious about the current full-size iPad design that it should be called "garbage dated."


It's a sign of the demographic split on this board I think. As a 42 year old, I still 'feel' young...but I've gone from playing vinyl and no computers, no cell phones to today's technology. I'm still amazed, and I've owned the original iPad version since release---what we've available for transport so easily, in such a small compact package---whether it be our smart phone or tablets, I'm really happy to be part of this era...and to be 'tuned in' to all of the intricacies. As I, too, am looking forward to the new GPU/CPU SOC---A7/A7x, the RAM, Wireless A/C, the list goes on forever, not to mention iOS 7!
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
This is the irritating part! We all know for a fact what its going to look like. We have enough renderings, schematcis and a whole lot of pictures (fake or real) to attest that. There has been so many leaks, all of the same thing. Nothing which talks about internal specifications, camera, colours, new features, nothing substanial. Kind of weird! maybe the iPhone launch will give us some insight.
Rating: 4 Votes

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