Apple’s forthcoming 5th gen. iPad rear case design reportedly leaks (with photo)

“Over the past few months, multiple rumors have pointed to Apple’s fifth-generation iPad being in development with a design akin to the recently launched iPad mini,” 9to5Mac reports. “That design would likely feature the black & slate/white & silver design language, thinner casing, chamfered edges, and a smaller overall footprint.”

9to5Mac reports, “Today, we received an unverified image from a purported China-based iPad accessories maker, an industry that seems to frequently tip off Apple’s future product designs, of the back plate for the next iPad… We were told this is a prototype back piece for the fifth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch display. We were also told that the casing is almost as thin as the iPad mini’s back.”

Purported iPad (5th gen.) rear case (left), current iPad mini (right). via
Purported iPad (5th gen.) rear case (left), current iPad mini (right). via

More info and images in the full article here.


  1. I like the idea of Apple adding updates every month of so. It spreads the good news out and stops the press and analysts from focus on potential slow downs due to impending product launches.
    There was a time a few years back that Apple would release updates to the product lines every month. It was like carpet bombing and kept Apple in the headlines for the whole period.

  2. Great news. This will result in more higher margin full size iPads being sold. Mini is stealing the show right now, which is great in some ways but not so great in others.

  3. I got a chance to see a use an iPad Mini. I like that it’s very light and the size feel pretty good, but I do not like the asymmetrical of the border. I like the bezel border to be equal around the whole perimeter. The asymmetrical look works for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but I do not like this look on the larger iPad Mini. My preference I guess.
    I love my full size iPad, though. They just need to get its weight down like they did with the Mini.

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