Purported images of next-gen iPad shell leak out

Frequent Apple leaker Sonny Dickson posts photos of what he says are parts for Apple's fifth-generation tablet.

Apple's next-generation iPad? Sonny Dickson

Just days before the expected launch of two much-anticipated iPhones on Tuesday, more images have emerged of what's purported to be Apple's next-generation iPad.

Sonny Dickson, who is a frequent leaker of all things Apple, on Sunday posted an extensive gallery of alleged fifth-generation iPad parts, including an assembled shell that appears identical to previous image leaks. If legitimate, the photos appear to buttress previous image leaks and rumors that the iPad 5 will take many of its design cues from the iPad Mini, with a thinner profile and more rounded edges and corners.

Previous purported leaks from Dickson included images of what appeared to be the front panel of the iPad 5.

While Apple has planned a media event for Tuesday at which many expect new iPhones to be unveiled, company observers don't expect a new iPad 5 or iPad Mini to be announced at the event. "It contradicts everything we've heard thus far about Apple's fall iOS Device launch plans from our sources," 9to5Mac noted.

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