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The next iPad is expected to have some of the mini's qualities, including the thinner casing, black & slate/white & silver design language and chamfered edges

March is approaching, and typically, that means a new iPad launch from Apple. Rumor has it that the release of the next-generation iPad may come a bit later this year, but 9 to 5 Mac has managed to get its hands on some photos that supposedly reveal the new device's design.

According to the report, an iPad accessories maker in China released some photos of what appears to be the back plate for the fifth-generation iPad. It's not clear if this is the real deal yet, but 9 to 5 Mac seems to think that the outcome will closely mirror this leaked version.

The back plate is 9.7 inches, which is true to all of Apple's other iPad sizes (with the exception of the recently released iPad mini). However, the new iPad expected to have some of the mini's qualities, including the thinner casing, black & slate/white & silver design language and chamfered edges.

The top of the back plate also has a black antenna cut for an LTE model.

While Apple typically releases its next-generation iPad in March or April of each year, that may not be the case this time around. Instead, Apple is releasing a 128GB fourth-generation iPad next month, while a fifth-generation release may be slated for later this year (October). The 128GB will cost $799 with Wi-Fi only, or $929 with LTE.

The delay could be due to Apple's slew of product launches last year, including both the new iPad and the iPad mini. Also, with the 128GB fourth-generation launch, Apple is likely looking to push the envelope when it comes to tablet storage.

Here are a few shots of the new back plate:

Source: 9 to 5 Mac



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now then then now now then then now
By GulWestfale on 1/29/2013 12:58:19 PM , Rating: 5
wouldn't it be funny if say, samsung had a patent on chamfered corners?

oh and... yawn. it will once again have inferior hardware, a non-widescreen display, and it will run crappy iOS. add to that its fantasy pricing, and it's one more apple product i won't buy.




RE: now then then now now then then now
By Flunk on 1/29/2013 1:27:57 PM , Rating: 3
You missed that it will have the best library of 3rd party apps. Regardless of how to feel about Apple it's hard to dispute their App supremacy.


By othercents on 1/29/2013 1:48:17 PM , Rating: 3
Apple creates apps? Are they like the iMaps?


RE: now then then now now then then now
By Neodude007 on 1/29/2013 1:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
The amount of apps some to a degree the quality just don't matter all that much to a lot of people. I don't use much of anything in terms of apps. I have a Galaxy S3 but I feel that top end phones, or really smartphones in general do about 95% of what you need them to do out of the box.

I'm talking email, phone calls, text, take pics, take notes, use websites, built in social networking apps if you care, calendar, alarm clock, music player, some type of document viewer, video player.

This is why I laugh when people argue about the fruit app store... they are arguing about the 5% features/functionality that may or not even be missing from the stock phone.


By tayb on 1/29/2013 2:17:34 PM , Rating: 3
Vanilla works fine as a web enabled device but it certainly doesn't do anywhere near 95% of what users need. If it did the app stores would be bare.

The only difference I've noticed between Android/iOS app stores is the immediate availability of apps and price. iOS seems to get the apps first and then Android gets the port at a later date at a reduced price. Nearly every app I would use on iPhone exists on Android though so the "app superiority" argument becomes less and less valid every week.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By Reclaimer77 on 1/29/2013 5:14:35 PM , Rating: 3
lmao@app supremacy

I would tell you to go jump off a bridge, but if you're using Apple Maps, chances are you'll soon be driving off one.


By edge929 on 1/30/2013 12:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
I almost peed on myself, thanks for that.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By euler007 on 1/29/2013 6:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's not hard at all to dispute : all top iphone apps are either:
- Made by Google (maps, youtube, etc)
- Available on Android (Flipboard, twitter, etc)
- Have equivalent apps on Android

That wasn't hard at all.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: now then then now now then then now
By Reclaimer77 on 1/29/2013 6:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
See this is what I'm talking about? I mean wow. Don't you think you're being just a little disingenuous?? Maybe you should bring up the caveat that if you want the iPad version of your iPhone app, you have to pay full price AGAIN for that version?

No offense but I think it's pretty damn cool that I can run the same app on my tablet WITHOUT buying the app again. And yes, it is rescaled. But guess what, Android app scaling is far superior so you hardly even notice. Go run an iPhone app on an Ipad, pix-elated city!

Having to buy the same app twice is just another money whoring scheme by Apple. And will continue to succeed as long as apologists like you keep couching this as some kind of superior "ecosystem".


RE: now then then now now then then now
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 7:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No offense but I think it's pretty damn cool that I can run the same app on my tablet WITHOUT buying the app again.

...

Having to buy the same app twice is just another money whoring scheme by Apple.


You don't have to buy the same app twice, that is completely up to the publisher/developer, not Apple.

In reality, nearly all apps are universal these days. One purchase (or "purchase" since so many apps are also free) gets you both the iPhone and iPad version. It is incredibly rare where you'll end up buying two separate versions, and that's because the market spoke. Universal apps sold way better than separate iPhone and "HD" iPad versions did, so now its standard.

So yeah, higher quality applications and you aren't paying more for them. I can't wait to see how you defend the lack of tablet optimized applications next.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By Reclaimer77 on 1/29/2013 7:12:13 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
You don't have to buy the same app twice, that is completely up to the publisher/developer, not Apple.


Man you will say ANYTHING! Okay I'm done, I simply cannot handle these lies anymore. So if it's up to the developer, not Apple, that makes a difference to the end user?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=13674...

Apparently more people who don't have your reality distortion field on!


RE: now then then now now then then now
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 7:20:25 PM , Rating: 1
How am I lying? I said that universal apps are the majority, which they are, not that ALL apps are universal. Almost all apps I downloaded in the last year have had the little plus sign (signifying universal) next to them.

Obviously there are games and applications with a separate "HD" version, games like Infinity Blade for example, but those are not the majority.

And again, the choice to sell separate versions are completely up to the developer, not Apple. The fact that there are so many free universal and iPad exclusive apps makes your argument ridiculous.

So tell me again, why is not targeting a larger tablet screen a good thing?


By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 8:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
Another funny thing reclaimer, I just checked and the sequel to a game that the old link you posted about is (drumroll), UNIVERSAL.

https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/infinity-blade-ii/...

Again, the trend on iOS has been towards universal apps for quite some time. That doesn't change the fact that even without broad universal support, that iOS apps are still built specifically for their form factor. Its a huge and undeniable advantage.

The funny thing is that if Apple actually forced publishers into selling only universal apps, you'd instead be complaining about how developers are getting squeezed by big brother and are forced to do more work to support two platforms. Apple has a hands off policy towards app pricing and you still invent things to complain about.

Your info is old at best, more commonly inaccurate at worst.


By tayb on 1/29/2013 1:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yawn? It's a leaked picture of a back plate. It's not exciting enough for you? I guess because, uh, it's just a back plate? I must have missed the specs but you clearly didn't. Mind sharing?


RE: now then then now now then then now
By mikeyD95125 on 1/29/2013 3:19:23 PM , Rating: 3
A non-widescreen display is a problem? 16:9 displays are less useful for everything one can do on a computer except watch HD video. I have picked up the 16:9 tablets and their length makes them more awkward to handle than the iPad, and of course you get less vertical screen real estate than when holding it horizontally.

People who demand widescreen on every display because 'black bars are annoying' are the reason I am considering getting a Mac Book Pro when I need to replace my 16:10 laptop in a couple years.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By ritualm on 1/29/2013 4:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
You can argue about not using widescreen ratios on laptops because here they do a certain function that you can't do very well on tablets - creating and editing. For instance, HP went from 16:10 to 16:9 on their top-end workstation notebook - a clear downgrade even if display quality was kept roughly the same.

But creating and editing on a tablet is very few and far between. You'll spend more time consuming content than you will creating/editing them. Thus widescreen here makes sense. Apple's implicit argument that the iPad's 4:3 ratio is great for reading ebooks and newspapers is a sort of non-starter, and you'd look awfully out of place using a tablet to film Obama's inauguration ceremony.

Why not a 16:10 screen on tablets like the Nexus 10? Oh yeah, Apple doesn't follow convention even amongst its own product lines.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 5:38:44 PM , Rating: 1
Except that tablets are app machines, at least on the iOS side. The more vertical space that 4:3 gives you in landscape mode makes more sense for applications, web browsing, etc. Content creation has nothing to do with it, consumption programs like Alien Blue to browse Reddit or Reeder for reading RSS feeds benefit huge from having more vertical space.

Most content consumption on tablets and PCs are text and pages, not just video, so having more vertical space works there too.

It also almost exactly fits an A4 sheet of paper, which makes it excellent for reading PDFs. I use it for reading work PDFs all the time.

As for aspect ratios, the smaller the screen the more benefit you get from less rectangular aspect ratios. Vertical space is always important for applications, so the smaller you go the less rectangular it should get. My tablet is 4:3, my laptop is 16:10, my 24" LCD is 16:10, and only my 2560x1440 27" LCD is 16:9. By the time you've reached 1400 vertical pixels at over a foot high does a narrower aspect ratio really work; by then you have plenty of vertical desktop space to work with.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By Reclaimer77 on 1/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: now then then now now then then now
By JediJeb on 1/29/2013 7:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
I don't use tablets or smart phones but I can say I much prefer my 4:3 desktop monitor over my 16:9 on my laptop. Just viewing this website on my laptop is annoying since I have little vertical space and tons of gray space on the sides of the page even when the browser window isn't maximized. 16:9 is good for one think, watching videos, and since I only watch those on my TV it is worthless on my laptop.

Maybe three 16:9 monitors side by side mounted vertically would look good, so I guess maybe there is a use for them on a computer.


By Reclaimer77 on 1/29/2013 8:07:09 PM , Rating: 1
Uhh yes but that's why you can rotate the device and fix that. Works for me. But different strokes for different folks and all.


By TakinYourPoints on 1/30/2013 10:08:53 AM , Rating: 1
16:9 is a useless gimmick on any computer display under 2560x1440. I hate the move in 22"-23" monitors from 16:10 to 16:9, and it is a disaster for even smaller displays in laptops and tablets. Its a huge practical step backwards for applications.

Its an aspect ratio borrowed by HDTVs, which doesn't make sense since computer displays are used for many other things than watching video. Having more vertical room is more important than matching the aspect ratio of your TV.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By ritualm on 1/30/2013 11:22:00 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Except that tablets are app machines

Did you realize you just agreed with me, that tablets are designed more towards media consumption than media creation?

You have invalidated your entire rebuttal with the first six words in that post. Good job, Tony Swash 2.0.


By TakinYourPoints on 1/30/2013 11:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
And you missed the part where I specified that consumption is much more than just video.

You invalidated your rebuttal by ignoring consumption applications like web browsers, RSS readers, specific page viewers like Alien Blue, PDF/DOC/XML viewers, etc etc.

Video is only one minor facet of consumption, most of it is based around text and graphics that benefit from multi-paned UIs with lots of vertical room in landscape.

Good job completely missing the point


By aliasfox on 1/29/2013 4:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
I like iOS, but I can see how some people wouldn't. I'll give you that opinion.

But inferior hardware? Really? Quad-XGA IPS screen with the fastest (or among the fastest) graphics available, along wiht a CPU that's usually among the fastest when it debuts is inferior hardware? Apple does a lot of things wrong, and their packaging may not be to everyone's tastes, but they're definitely on-game when it comes to picking tradeoffs in SOC. Between power usage, CPU performance, and GPU performance, it's hard to fault Apple for their decisions.


RE: now then then now now then then now
By xNIBx on 1/29/13, Rating: 0
By hughlle on 1/29/2013 5:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand how 264 is higher than 300ppi...


Wait a second here
By Neodude007 on 1/29/2013 12:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
I cannot believe they put a shiny apple on it. What a slick upgrade.




RE: Wait a second here
By GulWestfale on 1/29/2013 12:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
i'm pretty sure granny smith has a patent on shiny apples. she should sue.


RE: Wait a second here
By Dorkyman on 1/29/2013 2:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's not a shiny apple, that's an iLogo, and heaven help Samsung if they EVER use shiny black paint on their products.


Secrecy: you're doing it wrong!
By ritualm on 1/29/2013 1:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
Apple used to be extremely tight-lipped about its new product launches. Tim Cook once vowed to "double down on secrecy". Instead, a lot of people can figure out most of the specs of the new iCrap before it's available for pre-order, taking much of the excitement out of its new launches.

I've found myself muttering "seriously!?" more often than "wow!" with most of last year's iCrap launches.




RE: Secrecy: you're doing it wrong!
By DukeN on 1/29/2013 1:48:21 PM , Rating: 4
That's because you're not an iPhony.

iLamers however go all drool and gaga everytime Father Jobs' prodigy announces a new piece of iTrash.


I
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 1/29/2013 3:24:38 PM , Rating: 3
I see fingerprints




Can't wait
By fic2 on 1/29/2013 6:51:21 PM , Rating: 3
Can't wait for the leaked pictures of the assembly screws. True pron.




How pretentious are we
By rs2 on 1/29/2013 9:59:45 PM , Rating: 3
...that we care about whether or not our iThings have chamfered edges?




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