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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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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
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

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