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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 TakinYourPoints on 1/29/2013 6:32:14 PM , Rating: 0
On the phone side you can take it or leave it. You'll generally have higher quality versions on iOS but functionally you can get very close with Android. There are some very specific work apps I use that are iOS exclusive, but the number of people that affects (only a few thousand) is too statistically small to matter even if it is another example of superior choice.

On tablets its a different story. Rescaling or rearranging phone apps for a larger tablet screen is still a big problem on Android. The lack of tablet optimized applications is the main thing holding Android tablets back from being more than just Netflix and (stuttery) web browsing machines.

Sure, you can find apps with the same name, just not with the same functionality, usability, and efficiency of use. Its a huge difference from having applications with a UI optimized for 10" and a 2048x1536 resolution, guaranteed.

Justifying the use of reconfigured phone apps on a tablet makes almost as much sense to me as running phone apps on my desktop PC.


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
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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.

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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
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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.


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