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Alleged front panel of the iPad 5 pops up, flaunts iPad mini-esque design

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Alleged front panel of the iPad 5 pops up, flaunts iPad mini-esque design

Alleged front panel for the upcoming iPad 5 has appeared, and if it is the real deal, certainly reconfirms that Apple is chasing the iPad mini design paradigm with its upcoming tablet.

Sources from the supply chain hinted before that the iPad 5 will be almost a third lighter than Apple's current best achievement, and sport minimal side bezel, making it even more compact and comfortable for carrying around, while preserving the premium aluminum shell.

With newcomers like the Sony Tablet Xperia Z, which manages to weigh less than 18 ounces at less than 7mm thickness, the iPad design is poised to respond with a slimmer, lighter and more compact slate that still carries the "Resolutionary" display with 3 million pixels strong, so the panel you see above might very well be what's in store for it. Speculation mounts for mass production in July/August and iPad 5 unveiling in September.

via BGR

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posted on 31 May 2013, 09:13 11

1. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Wow! Those side bezels are extremely thin!

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 04:04 2

23. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


Hoping for iOS 7 to bring something new.

posted on 31 May 2013, 09:23 5

2. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


I like thin bezels! But this is still Apple.No Thanks!

posted on 31 May 2013, 13:24 5

19. caryhartline (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2013)


At least you admitted that you're a fanboy which makes your review worthless to prospective buyers.

posted on 31 May 2013, 09:27 3

3. ken6688 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 May 2013)


what is the point to eliminate the vertical portions of the bezel? remember the aspect ratio of ipad is 4/3. i would prefer ipad4 which is good for holding vertically with one hand.

posted on 31 May 2013, 09:40 1

4. ken6688 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 May 2013)


if ipad5 is really like this, i think it is not a well thought out design. ipad mini can be held single handedly with your fingers and wrist turned freely after removing the vertical bezel portions but can ipad?

posted on 31 May 2013, 09:42 7

5. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Apple design is always looks beautiful and premium or i should say it looks beautiful for me
hardware is always pretty decent on iPhone/iPad/iPod especially gpu. Its the iOS which lag behind. hope they bring something cool this year not another tiny 200 features.

posted on 31 May 2013, 09:44 7

6. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Well said. High hopes for iOS 7.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:02 2

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Same here quad

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:15 3

10. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


if your definition of lag behind is the iOS that really smooth for tablet and having apps that truly dedicated for tablet (not just some blown up phones app), then sure...

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:29 3

13. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


No no iOS super smooth in terms of performance. What i meant is it lack some features compared to android.
but i think iOS 7 will bring some missing and exclusive features to iphone/ipad.

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:33

14. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


he meant it 'lags' behind in features and usefulness.. not actual lag. lol

posted on 31 May 2013, 14:20 1

20. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


i got that. thats why i wrote having apps that truly dedicated for tablet. how many app does android has that truly for tablet? ergo ipad so far got more usefulness and as for features...theres an app for that.
btw, how many iteration of androidOS is it now? yet they still can't get their tabletOS right... thats what i'll call lagging behind...

posted on 31 May 2013, 10:06 2

7. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)


iPad sucks. No multitasking. Android Tab FTW. Samsung Rocks.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:01 4

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Once again the iPad multitasks with just the swipe of your fingers. Can't understand why you don't get that Wendy garret

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 04:03

22. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


are you Wendy ??

posted on 31 May 2013, 10:39 1

8. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


You really are chickens with your heads cut off and this is the proof. Epic fail apple sorry. Ugly, not useful and still too big to be held in one hand or portable. Bezels actually help with accidental touches, protect the screen from droppage.

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:11 4

9. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


this is the proof that you are stupid... apple has the technology to protect those accidental touches, just like what they have in mini

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:27

12. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


does it have technology that helps with droppages? its mostly proven that a bezel helps prevent cracks in drop situations... Also, main point WAS iPad is still too big for 1 hand and to be portable (like the mini) so shrinking the bezel is mostly useless and requires a anti touch technology to achieve usefulness. So, Just keep the uniform bezel on a larger device so people can actually hold it, without touching the screen and having software detect or not detect if i meant or didn't mean that touch (gee, much smarter than a actual bezel on a already large device). Ya, i am stupid for being logical

posted on 31 May 2013, 22:58 1

21. Hemlocke (unregistered)


The iPad Mini already has touch rejection incorporated on its bezel, so no reason the iPad wouldn't.

posted on 31 May 2013, 11:25 2

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This isn't news as we know apple strives for a uniform look to its products.

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:30 1

17. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


my next(first) tablet!!!

posted on 31 May 2013, 12:54 1

18. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


mine too!! great choice :D

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