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iPad 5: Case Leak Video Claims to Show New Design

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A new iPad 5 case leak video appears to show the new thinner and narrower iPad 5 design we expect to see later this year.

This isn’t the first iPad 5 leak to show off what is likely the new look for Apple’s upcoming full size iPad, but it is the first to come from a source known for sharing reliable Apple details far ahead of launch.

All sources are pointing to an iPad 5 that looks a lot like a larger iPad mini, and the new case leak backs this up with a comparison to the iPad 4.

Vietnamese site, Tinhte.vnshared the iPad 5 case in a video that has since been made private, but AppleInsider still offers several photos of the alleged iPad 5 case video.

This case allegedly shows the iPad 5 design is thinner, narrower and shorter.

This case allegedly shows the iPad 5 design is thinner, narrower and shorter.

The alleged iPad 5 case photos show a case that is designed for a narrower and shorter iPad. When compared to an iPad 4, the case is slightly shorter and appears to grip onto an iPad mini like side design with a camera closer to the corner. The iPad 5 will reportedly feature narrower bezels to allow for a smaller overall size without giving up the 9.7-inch Retina Display.

The case appears to feature a small opening on the back to accommodate a rear-facing microphone.

This report lines up with many other iPad 5 leaks, including a photo that allegedly shows the front panel of the white iPad 5. Another purported iPad 5 case appeared at a trade show in April, with a design that appears to match the leak from Tinhte.vn.

An alleged iPad 5 case leak shows a case for a smaller iPad with a new iPad mini-like design.

An alleged iPad 5 case leak shows a case for a smaller iPad with a new iPad mini-like design.

Two separate rumors point to a thinner and lighter iPad 5. In April, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPad 5 design will deliver an iPad that is 25% lighter and 15% thinner than the iPad 4. A DigiTimes rumor in May claims thinner glass and new manufacturing techniques will allow Apple to deliver an iPad 5 that is 25-33% lighter than the iPad 4. This report claimed production could start in July.

Tinhte.vn boasts a good track record with Apple rumors, showing off a prototype iPhone in 2011 and providing a full hands on with the iPad 3 ahead of the announcement in early 2012.

The iPad 5 release is expected this fall, and is likely to arrive after the iPhone 5S launch according to multiple rumors. The latest rumors from Macotakara claims the iPad 5 will arrive later this year, not alongside the iPhone 5S, but did not mention the iPad mini 2. A report from Citi claims the iPad 5 launch is set for October.

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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