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Apple iPad 5 to be just 7.35 mm thin, making it third of all tablets

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Apple iPad 5 to be just 7.35 mm thin, making it third of all tablets
By now it's clear that Apple has redesigned its 5th generation iPad to be unveiled next week drastically in terms of thickness and weight, making it in style with the svelte iPad mini.

Just how much thinner than the current iPad 4? Well, a leaked picture of the iPad 5 thickness measured with a digital instrument shows the impressive 7.35mm, which rates it third of all tablets, after the Xperia Tablet Z with its 6.9mm, and the iPad mini itself with 7.2mm. In comparison, the iPad 4 is 9.4mm, which is about the girth of some thin Windows 8 slates like the Sony Vaio Tap 11.

Let's not forget, however, that Apple has achieved this in a chassis crafted out of aluminum, whereas most other slates use plastic for their wrapping, making the 7.35mm number even more impressive. We are curious how much has the weight been reduced also, but for that we guess we'll have to wait for next Tuesday.

source: CTechCN

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posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:04 7

1. naveenstuns (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

"Innovation" *yawn*

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:47 8

5. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)

congrats for typing 2764th times for the word "innovation"

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 10:45 3

9. seret6 (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

cant wait to pi*ss on new icra*p

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:09 4

2. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)

This time it will be all about how thinner and lighter it is.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:40 2

4. bigstrudel (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Is using a light 10 inch tablet more comfortable than using a heavier one? Of course it is.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:54 7

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3535; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea, I can so not tolerate that 10g and 2mm more. It feels like I'm holding a brick.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:56

7. 90ninjas (unregistered)

Never fails to amaze me. Lol

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:10 2

3. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I don't think anyone can deny that Apple's industrial design team is remarkable. But although hardware is great, I think we are waiting to see how the usability will advance. I won't lie, I doubt we will get a giant leap with this iPad iteration, other than Retina Display. iOS 8 is where that'll be. Still, I'll probably pick up an iPad mini 2...or whatever they'll call it.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 10:36

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Can't wait to get my gold mini 2

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 02:30

14. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

i think you would be disappointed , no retina and touch id for the mini according to the latest photos

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 12:49

10. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I'm all for lightweight, but these devices are getting more uncomfortable to hold as we approach razor-thin territory. I guess they're designing them this way now with the expectation that we'll put on cases to protect the devices anyway, so grip/comfort isn't as much of a concern as thinness.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:13

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


posted on 18 Oct 2013, 13:48

12. tedkord (Posts: 14206; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'd gladly give back a few mm of thickness for double battery life. These are getting to thin to hold comfortably anyway.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 16:16 2

13. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Can't wait for the Nexus 5 announcement.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 09:43

15. nctx77 (Posts: 2409; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

@tedkord: when it comes to smartphones, yes they are getting to thin. Tablets on the other hand need to get thinner. My ipad 4 was a tank, plus the sharp edges were uncomfortable after holding it for a while. I didn't like it in a case because of the added weight. The ipad 5 will solve both problems.

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