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Alleged iPad 5 Photos Show Thinner iPad Mini Design

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The first unconfirmed photos of the iPad 5 show a new thinner design that looks much like the iPad mini with a black back and rounded edges.

9to5Mac shares the iPad 5 back photos next to the same part for the iPad mini, which the site says come from a, “purported China-based iPad accessories maker.”

The photos are the first to show what a larger iPad could look like with an iPad mini style, shows the possible size of the iPad 5 compared to the iPad mini. There are no photos of the back next to the iPad 4, so it’s not clear if the redesign cuts the iPad 5 down in size with thinner bezels.

iPad 5 vs iPad mini

The iPad mini vs. iPad 5 size comparison from purported iPad 5 back photos.

The photo above shows what looks to be a larger iPad mini, complete with the antenna for a 4G LTE connection. Based on the dimensions in the photo, the iPad 5 will be smaller than the iPad 4. Rough estimates based on the photo show the iPad 5 could be slightly shorter than the iPad 4. As the image below shows, the iPad 5 will likely be thinner side-to-side than the iPad 4. The reductions in size could be thanks to thinner bezels on the side of the iPad 5 display.

iPad 5 vs iPad mini sizes

iPad 5 and iPad mini on the left and iPad 3 and iPad mini on right.

The side-by-side comparison shot also shows that the iPad 5 could be as thin as the iPad mini, which might mean more than a 20% reduction in thickness compared to the iPad 4.

iPad 5 photo

This photo shows an alleged iPhone 5 back that is nearly as thin as the iPad mini.

As 9to5Mac points out, the appearance of these parts is not surprising, given rumors of a an iPad 5 release in the coming months. That said, with the launch of an iPad 4 with 128GB of storage today, users may need to await until the fall for the iPad 5 to arrive.

The latest iPad 5 rumors point to a release in October. This information comes from iLounge, which is generally reliable with information about upcoming Apple products.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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