Video Supposedly Shows Partially Assembled Next-Gen iPad
A recently posted video allegedly shows a partially assembled next-generation iPad, with a redesigned rear shell attached to a front cover panel boasting bezels that appear to be substantially thinner than current models of Apple’s tablet. The short clip was uploaded to Japanese Apple Mac Otakara’s
YouTube channel, though it’s unclear where the footage was obtained. As such, the authenticity of the content cannot be verified and is offered for purposes of discussion.
What we see in the video is a partially assembled 9.7-inch iPad with design cues taken from the existing iPad mini, including rounded corners, thinner bezels and a rear-facing microphone. For reference, the purported next-gen tablet is sitting between the current-generation models of the iPad and iPad mini. What appears to be noticeably absent are the tablet’s internals, including basic circuitry like a home button. However, since the assembly is missing a display, the black front panel stands out in sharp relief against the assumedly aluminum rear shell, granting a look at how thin the side bezels are compared to a current iPad.
Also seen through the front glass is Apple’s logo, which is revealed to be a translucent white color when viewed from the back, much like Apple’s MacBook lineup. By contrast, current iPads feature an opaque black plastic insert that acts as a window for radio signals. Although unlikely, the design could allow for an illuminated logo lit by the LCD panel’s LED backlighting system. This feature would be difficult to implement, however as adhesive is used to secure the tablet’s large battery pack to the interior shell wall, a design that covers the Apple logo in both the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini.
Those of you who are interested in watching the clip
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Although there isn’t much we can gather from the short clip, it does offer one of the first looks at what Apple’s rumored fifth-generation iPad may look like. Apple is widely expected to launch a refreshed full-size iPad later this year, with rumors pointing to a revamped design more in line with the iPad mini’s slim, curved body. As an anticipated fall debut quickly approaches, the number of part “leaks” is quickly growing so expect to see a lot of rumors circulating.
Source: Mac Otakara