Taiwanese blog Apple.pro, which has on a number of occasions discovered photos of parts from upcoming Apple products, has shared a new photo [Google translation] of what is claimed to be the front panel and digitizer assembly for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad.

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The photo, which was posted to a Photobucket account, shows the rear of the part and includes the ribbon cable for the digitizer. Photos of the front of a similar part leaked last month, and both parts are consistent with claims that the upcoming iPad will see a redesign taking inspiration from the iPad mini with narrower side bezels.

It is possible that this could simply be an iPad mini part, but it does appear to be a slightly larger version of that part, appropriate for the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch display.

Update 7:37 AM: French site NowhereElse.fr has discovered [Google translation] that the photo is actually an iPad mini part, taken from a Chinese part vendor's website.

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Top Rated Comments

KylePowers Avatar
113 months ago
Well now I'll be torn on whether to get this redesigned iPad 5 or iPad Mini with Retina :(
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Raftysworld Avatar
113 months ago
Does it look kind of fat to anyone else?
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KrazyBear15 Avatar
113 months ago
iPad Mini design for the full sized iPad is much needed. iPad needs to slim down and drop some weight, looking forward to purchasing my first iPad!
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TreyCox Avatar
113 months ago
My 2013 will consist of...

iPad 5
iPad Mini (for fiance')
iPhone 5S/6
Playstation 4 or Xbox One

Oh wallet, how horrible I feel for you this year.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Technarchy Avatar
113 months ago
Software is the concern for me. Not hardware.

WWDC is what I'm focused on currently.
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i486dx2-66 Avatar
113 months ago
Having said that, we don't know quite how much weight they are shifting off the new device, perhaps it will be comfortable (light) enough to hold it from the bottom in portrait mode.

Even if the weight didn't change, being smaller will make it easier to hold, as there is less of the device hanging past your fingers and levering against your thumb. :apple:
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