Leaked iPad 5 Case Images Show Thinner iPad mini-Like Design

By Binu Paul email: b.paul@mobilenapps.com | Feb 23, 2013 10:29 AM EST

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We have come across a number of rumors about the fifth-generation iPad suggesting the device would come with a similar design that of the current iPad mini. In what could be a new development that would solidify the rumors, a fresh set of images have surfaced on the Web showing off the case of iPad 5.

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The case in question is slimmer than the fourth-generation iPad indicating the next-generation iPad will share design similarities with the iPad mini, MacRumors reports. The images were released by Apple accessory manufacturer MiniSuit who claimed to have created the case based on specifications received from a reliable source.

"Case manufacturers often obtain case specs ahead of product releases to get a jump on manufacturing. Creating a case based on measurements can be a gamble, but an early case release can be financially beneficial," the report said.

As noted, the case features a slightly thinner tablet with smaller side bezels akin the current iPad mini. The design has an extra hole in the back of the case, apparently for the microphone. As far as the current iPad 4 is concerned, the microphone is placed at the top of the device; however, a recently leak had shown the microphone being relocated on to the back of the next iPad version.

"In addition to slimmer bezels and a smaller size, the iPad 5 is said to be significantly thinner than the iPad 4, featuring the chamfered edges of the iPad mini, which is apparent in the less angled design of the iPad 5 case," the report said.

According to a prediction by TrendForce analyst Eric Chiou, iPad 5 will completely be a new device in design and will be released sometime in September this year. "Firstly, for the improvement on product design itself, the next generation of iPad will apply the thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad mini and use the narrow bezel panel design to solve the issue of larger volume, thickness, and weight that have been criticized to gain a better balance for consumers in mobility and visual experiences," Chiou observed.

However, this latest rumor has to be taken with a pinch of salt as the case makers are notoriously unreliable in 'leaking' designs of future Apple products.

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