Alleged image of iPad 5 shows thinner front panel

A purported picture of the fifth-generation iPad's front panel reveals a thin bezel, much like the one on the iPad Mini.

Is this a photo of the next iPad?
Is this a photo of the next iPad? Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The next-generation iPad will follow its smaller counterpart in offering a thinner design, at least according to an image leaked by French Web site Nowhereelse.fr.

The alleged image of the iPad 5 shows the front cover and the surrounding bezel with a much thinner design than that of the current iPad. The thinness of the case suggests that Apple is borrowing some design tips from the iPad Mini for its fifth-generation iPad.

Past rumors have already suggested that the next 9.7-inch iPad would sport a thinner design . But this may be the first photo evidence to back up those rumors. Of course, that assumes the image is legit.

Nowhereelse.fr has a good track record of uncovering accurate details about future Apple products . In this case, the site said it received the image from one of its Chinese sources. But like with all leaked information, this image should be taken with a grain of salt.

The iPad 5's launch date remains a mystery.

A report out yesterday from DigiTimes said the new tablet would go into production this summer . A competing report published last month on the blog iMore claimed Apple might launch its new iPad in an "April-ish" timeframe , but that seems highly unlikely at this point.

Last year, Apple unveiled the fourth-generation iPad and the iPad Mini in October and released them in early November.

(Via Cult of Mac)

 

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