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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 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.


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