There have been multiple rumors pointing towards Apple’s fifth-generation iPad being in development with a design similar to that of the current iPad mini. The folks over at 9to5Mac recently received unverified images from a purported China-based iPad accessories maker, showing off the back plate of the supposed new iPad. Based on what is being said in the industry, the pictures seem to check out as the back piece for the fifth-generation iPad mimics that of the iPad mini very closely in terms of design cues.
The design cues include the iPad mini-esque bezels and chamfered edges and curves. The folks at 9to5Mac had the following to say about the whole ordeal:
What does it look like? Well, it’s a lot smaller than one would guess was possible: in portrait orientation, picture a 9.7” screen with virtually no left or right bezels, and only enough space above and below the screen to accommodate the mandatory camera and Home Button elements. Beyond that, it’s noticeably thinner, as well, which is to say the the fifth-generation iPad will be smaller in every dimension than its predecessors. As it will have the same chamfered edges and curves, calling it a “stretched iPad mini” is very close to entirely accurate.
More and more parts for upcoming Apple products seem to be leaked nowadays, which makes sense as its more of a common occurrence as the Asian supply chain grows larger. Whether or not the images are providing valid information is something we’ll find out in time.