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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1. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

"Innovation" *yawn*

5. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

9. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

cant wait to pi*ss on new icra*p

2. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

4. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

7. 90ninjas unregistered

Never fails to amaze me. Lol

3. Chaseism

Posts: 82; Member since: May 08, 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.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't wait to get my gold mini 2

14. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

10. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013


12. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Can't wait for the Nexus 5 announcement.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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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