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A thinner, smaller iPad 5 in the works?

by David Needle

January 29 2013

The rumor mill is abuzz with reports Apple is planning an iPad 5. Image: Macworld UK
The rumor mill is abuzz with reports Apple is planning an iPad 5. Image: Macworld UK

The size of the next iPad, dubbed the iPad 5, is getting some rumor mill buzz today.

Though it’s not as radical a drop in size as the iPad mini with its 7.85-inch display (the standard iPad is 9.7-inch display), the rumored iPad 5 may squeeze a 9.7-inch display into a slightly smaller package.

The iPad is said to be slightly shorter and significantly narrower than the current 4th generation iPad. according to a report in SlashGear citing photos first published by 9to5Mac that might be the shell of the iPad 5. The unconfirmed images allegedly came from a China-based iPad accessories maker.

The new design would seem to indicate the iPad 5 will have a thinner bezel all the way around, similar to the bezel design of the iPad mini.

The iPad 5 is also expected to be thinner than current models, though not as thin as the iPad 2.

Given that Apple just announced a new version of the iPad with 128 GB of storage, it doesn’t seem likely the company has any immediate plans to debut the iPad 5. Earlier rumors said it could come out as soon as next month, but other rumors sites have it delayed until this October.

In a report earlier this month, Macworld UK cited a research note by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who said he believes Apple's fifth-generation iPad would have an IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) display. These displays allow for smaller pixels which enable a device to have a higher resolution, or a higher reaction time for the display

The news comes as Microsoft is about to announce the availability of its Intel-based, Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet February 9. 

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