Here’s Apple’s next-gen iPad, according to a bunch of leaked photos

“Yet again, third-party accessory makers have revealed an upcoming iPad design,” Matt Burns reports for TechCrunch.

“Alibaba.com is awash in cases for a redesigned iPad. Nearly every case is for a device that has a thinner bezel and slimmer profile,” Burns reports. “In short, the next iPad will look like the iPad mini — except, you know, just not mini.”

Burns reports, “This has happened for nearly every iDevice launch since the iPhone 4. Every iPad — full size or mini — was revealed prior to Apple’s announcement through case makers. And a good chunk of case makers display their wares on Alibaba.com.”

Read more, and see the photos, in the full article here.

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28 Comments

    1. The absence of a visible home button in these photos is consistent with rumours that Apple is pursuing an alternative to the failure-prone electromechanical switch, possibly in software but also possibly through biosensor technology. Moving parts are a twentieth-century fad; observe the decline of the hard drive, the departure of the mouse and keyboard. Hand jive, all of it.

      1. A mechanical home button is necessary if you consider the necessity to achieve the aims of:

        – Rejecting false positives or unintendend touches. If you have a capacitive touch home button, your finger(s) might brush against this and the button will need to interpret whether the touch was intentional and take you back to the home screen or if it was unintentional and let you stay in the app. Imagine if a user registered multiple false positives in a day. That would be frustrating in the extreme. An electromechanical button that responds to a user’s input must receive a button press that depresses the button to touch the contacts beneath it. Any presses that it registers must therefore be intentional. Also an electromechanical button registers two or three touches and takes you to the task bar or disability assistance whereas if you touch a capacitive screen button even slightly twice, does the OS interpret that as you wanting to go to the home screen or to the task bar. Too many subjective interpretative issues there.

        – Separate the screen from command elements. You need to have a physical separation between screen navigation elements – back button, etc, from fundamental button elements which take you back to the home screen or to the task bar depending on the number of presses. If the home button were embedded in the screen as part of the screen, this might confuse users as to what was fundamental (home screen command) and what was ancillary to the app (back button and sub-menu items).

        Addressing reliability issues. Apple has made great strides to make electromechnical buttons ultra reliable. The earlier iterations of the iPhone up to the iPhone 4 models were prone to home button malfunctions, stuck buttons, etc. Since the iPhone 4S and including the iPhone 5, the home button has been given a makeover resulting in higher reliability. The iPad from the second generation onwards has not had major home button malfunctions mainly because Apple made the home button extremely robust on the iPad.

    2. it has been thought – and said – that the bottom bezel might be multi-touch-able – like a Apple track pad or mighty mouse surface… however no graphic indication is even printed to express a home key? That is strange. Even SamyDong has backlit graphics for its touch sensitive RETURN, HOME and MENU buttons.

      1. physical buttons are extremely important.
        as we see – volume and power on/off remain physical buttons.

        @ hannahjs, i hope apple keeps a physical home button; “a twentieth-century fad” my Apple keyboard has plenty of physical keys to press. My car, my home, the wall switches all are so “a twentieth-century” . Oh I am feeling so old now.

        Yet, if mind control switches and thought activating buttons — OR HOW ABOUT — SIRI voice assistance to activate the home screen… well then, if Siri can set us free and well into the 25th century with accuracy and ease of use… then I am all for the lack of a physical home button – okay!

          1. Outlast the life of the device? I just went through and replaced the home button, power switch and headphone jack of my iPhone 4. Still have the original display, so I certainly haven’t abused the unit. It is a moving part. It will fail.
            “It’s an imperfect world. Screws fall out.” “The next screw that falls out, Bender, will be you!”

          2. Then how much will you pay for my iPod touch 1st gen which works fine except the home button is inoperative? Or how much will you pay for my daughter’s iPhone 4 (white, 16GB) which has an inoperative home button (thank goodness for the Assistive technology option that puts a “button” on screen all the time)? Or how much will you pay for my iPhone 5 where not all presses of the home button produce a response other than an audible plastic compression sound?

  1. AAPL down almost $5 in premarket trading. Just might see $400 today. But hey, they have an updated iPad coming out soon. Oh boy! I was looking to pick up a few long-term calls today but I think I’ll wait till it drops further. Maybe around $325. Jeez, it’s got to be rough if you held all the way down from $705 down to this! Sad.

    1. It’s amazing how the UI looks stale when just 2 years ago it was cutting edge.

      Think about it. How could it be any better, any easier to use, given the needs of the touch operating system?

      It is possible to get it right the first time.

        1. It’s just a personal opinion, but here are my thoughts (in no particular order). Some of the items aren’t UI aesthetics related per say, but more functional in nature.

          – The icons look drab.

          – The colour scheme throughout the UI doesn’t
          feel consistent, in general, the colours look
          washed out.

          – The notification centre isn’t overly functional.
          It would be great to toggle settings for example.

          – There’s nothing I can do on the lock screen except
          unlock my phone. I’d like to see some
          notifications/appointments/emails/weather (etc)
          on that screen (allow me to customize it).

          – The keyboard UI is ugly. The functionality is limited
          (no swipe typing – if you’ve used swipe typing
          it’s hard to go back to touch typing).

          – The Settings section feels cluttered, sometimes
          it’s a pain to find what you’re looking for. It makes
          sense for app settings to be in there, but it needs
          to be organized better.

          – In general, the experience feels overly curated. While
          this appeals to the masses, as a technical user I’d
          like to be able to get underneath the hood. I realize
          this last item will never happen.

          I know I could get some of this functionality by jailbreaking my phone, and applying a bunch of third-party hacks to address some of the points above, but I’m really not interested in going down that road.

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