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Design Drawings Purportedly Show Exact Dimensions of Smaller, Thinner iPad 5

Rumors of a narrower and thinner design for the fifth-generation iPad have been circulating for a number of months now, with Apple reportedly taking some design cues from the iPad mini in redesigning the full-size iPad with narrower side bezels, a thinner shell, and more rounded curves.

As long ago as last December, rumors indicated that the new iPad would shave off 4 mm in height, 17 mm in width, and 2 mm in thickness compared to the current design, and based on those rumors and leaked rear shell photos, we created renderings of what the device might look like fully assembled. A number of photo leaks of the rear shell and front panel of the device have continued to support the claims of the iPad mini-inspired redesign.

A case maker's design drawings have now been provided to AppleInsider showing the expected exact dimensions of the fifth-generation iPad. According to the drawings, the next iPad will measure 7.5 mm thick, a full 2 mm thinner than the current iPad and 0.3 mm thicker than the iPad mini.

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The new iPad will only shave a little more than 1 mm off of the height of the current iPad, but the much narrower side bezels will reduce the width of the device by over 16 mm or nearly 9%.

Similar design drawings surfaced for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and while they were nearly spot on in several of their measurements, it should be noted that those drawing had pegged the iPhone 5c as being 8.5 mm thick while the official thickness according to Apple is 8.97 mm, indicating that these design drawings are not always perfect.

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7 months ago
i'm ready for my first iPad!
Rating: 9 Positives
7 months ago
...and then, in the course of about 1-2 hours, the iPad 4 looks like a device from the past. I've noticed, Apple tends to use the Mini for marketing props ever since Sept. 10. It's pretty clear the old iPad will really seem old, heavy, and bezel-fat almost immediately. Just as the iPhone 4 made the 3GS look like a soap bar.
Rating: 8 Positives
7 months ago
Hey, as long as they start selling iPads in this lovely desaturated grape color, I'll be a happy camper. :p

Rating: 6 Positives
7 months ago
Fake. Who the hell wants a purple iPad?

D.
Rating: 4 Positives
7 months ago

Thinner and lighter is awesome, but I'd keep it at the current thickness and weight if that meant longer battery. But maybe I'm a little more function over form. But cmon, quick poll: Who would rather a better battery than a thinner design?


I use my iPad for reading so will welcome a hopefully lighter device.
Rating: 4 Positives
7 months ago
Llllove it!
But a Retina Mini would probably do it for me.
Rating: 4 Positives
7 months ago
Only time where smaller and thinner is actually a good thing. ;)
Rating: 3 Positives
7 months ago
if they are going to make the bezel that thin, i hope they substantially reduce the weight. it will make it actually more cumbersome to hold without a decent grip point

at least with the heavy iPad 3/4, there is a thick bezel to hold the thing
Rating: 3 Positives
7 months ago

Is the implication that the display area is still the same size -- that just the bezel is shrinking?


Screen size is exactly the same.
Rating: 3 Positives
7 months ago

My concern is the switch to plastic screen cover. The mini has one, but the mini screen blows.

I'm wondering if this thinner, lighter, better, mania, is every going to come back and bite them in the butt.

It will be very interesting carefully scrutinizing these new ones sitting right next to the current one.

Do the new iMacs have this plastic now instead of glass? If they do, that would answer my question.

I would think they don't. But I've never really looked closely.


Mini doesn't have plastic screen. It's still glass!
Rating: 3 Positives

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