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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1. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Wow! Those side bezels are extremely thin!

23. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Hoping for iOS 7 to bring something new.

2. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

19. caryhartline

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2013

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

3. ken6688

Posts: 13; Member since: May 24, 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.

4. ken6688

Posts: 13; Member since: May 24, 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?

5. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

6. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Well said. High hopes for iOS 7.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Same here quad

10. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 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...

13. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 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.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

20. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 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...

7. donjunior

Posts: 50; Member since: May 28, 2013

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

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

22. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

are you Wendy ??


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

9. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 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


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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

21. Hemlocke unregistered

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

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

my next(first) tablet!!!

18. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

mine too!! great choice :D

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