In the video below, Lew from Unbox Therapy gives us our first look at the size and design of the upcoming 5th generation iPad. We expect Apple will release it next month, so it’s not surprising to see parts start showing up. Lew shows both the front cover glass and the back aluminum case in the video, and the side by side comparisons with a current iPad really show the changes we can expect to see.
If the parts shown in the video are in fact accurate, the new iPad 5 will be thinner and narrower by a substantial amount, while still using a 9.7-inch display. Lew says it’s lighter too, but that’s purely speculative since he doesn’t have any internal components for the new model; just a hollow shell. It’s no surprise to me that we’ll see this design for the new iPad. It follows the same design language introduced with the iPad mini last year. The edges are squared and flat instead of tapered and curved. The bezels around the display are smaller on the sides, which Apple will undoubtedly tout as making it easier to hold. The speakers have been moved to the bottom so sound reflects back at you instead of located on the back, where sound is pushed away from you (no word yet if they’ll actually be stereo speakers instead of just mono).
So, watch the video and let me know what you think on Twitter: @mbchp.
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