“Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to inspect a supposedly accurate — and seriously intriguing — physical model of the completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for iLounge. “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.”

“The changes are so considerable that a new screen technology, such as IGZO, seems like a given,” Horwitz reports. “As of now, we’re hearing October [release], give or take a couple of weeks. This part is pure speculation, but we’re guessing that the screens and processors are going to be hard to come by for a while.”

Horwitz reports, “The iPhone 5S will apparently look very much like the iPhone 5, but with a larger rear flash, and is indeed coming this year. Also planned for a 2013 release is Apple’s ‘low-cost’ plastic-bodied iPhone, which is being developed with China Mobile in mind… Addressing the so-called ‘iPhone Math’ — hinted by one source as a mistranslation of ‘iPhone +’ —we’ve been told that this is another new model and in early prototyping stages, certainly not expected in 2013. It supposedly has a 4.7” screen ”

More info, and a photo of the 5th gen. iPad physical model, in the full article here.