Apple's Next Gen iPad Said to Debut After The iPhone 5S and Feature a Rear Mic
The next full-size iPad from Apple is said to launch toward the end of 2013, after Apple’s next iPhone. The new tablet is said to gain a rear-facing microphone much like the iPhone 5 as well according to the report. The details, originally published by Japanese blog Macotakara
, indicated that the fifth-generation iPad is expected to ship after Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 5S.” Reports have pegged Apple’s next iPhone for launch around September but weren’t included in the shipping product introduced last October.
Although Apple opted to remove the rear mic from the iPad mini in late stages of development, it appears the microphone will remain on the next 9.7-inch iPad. Earlier reports have claimed that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will adopt many of the same design elements Apple adopted with the iPad mini, including a thinner bezel around the screen and more rounded edges. The changes are expected to make the device 25% lighter and 15% thinner than its predecessor.
Among the internal changes expected is a “GF2” touch panel, which would make the touchscreen component of the iPad thinner. Improved power efficiency could also allow Apple to reduce the size of the iPad’s internal battery, which currently accounts for most of the device’s weight. We’ll have to see what turns out to be true and what doesn’t though as more concrete information is revealed.