New Photo Shows Rear of iPad 5's Narrower Front Bezel and Digitizer [Update: No]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwanese blog, which has on a number of occasions discovered photos of parts from upcoming Apple products, has shared a new photo [Google translation] of what is claimed to be the front panel and digitizer assembly for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad.

    The photo, which was posted to a Photobucket account, shows the rear of the part and includes the ribbon cable for the digitizer. Photos of the front of a similar part leaked last month, and both parts are consistent with claims that the upcoming iPad will see a redesign taking inspiration from the iPad mini with narrower side bezels.

    It is possible that this could simply be an iPad mini part, but it does appear to be a slightly larger version of that part, appropriate for the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch display.

    Update 7:37 AM: French site has discovered [Google translation] that the photo is actually an iPad mini part, taken from a Chinese part vendor's website.

    Article Link: New Photo Shows Rear of iPad 5's Narrower Front Bezel and Digitizer [Update: No]
  2. macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2011
    South Dakota
    iPad Mini design for the full sized iPad is much needed. iPad needs to slim down and drop some weight, looking forward to purchasing my first iPad!
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    iPad 5 redesign has been rumoured for a while now, i think personally the limitation Apple is facing with releasing it soon is the processor as they only released the A6X late last year.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Well now I'll be torn on whether to get this redesigned iPad 5 or iPad Mini with Retina :(
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    May need to trade in my iPad 2 toward this...
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2012
    i'll be buying a new iPad, i currently have iPad 3.

    not only will it be faster for me but also much cooler looking :)
  8. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    Software is the concern for me. Not hardware.

    WWDC is what I'm focused on currently.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I think WWDC will unveil this device.

    I think Apple are just playing down product launches but we have seen these leaks for months and I think it will arrive.
  10. adbe, May 31, 2013
    Last edited: May 31, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    i'm really not a huge fan of losing the thumb bezel. The 10" is too large to comfortably hold without some amount of grip.

    [edit] typo.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2011
  12. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Darn third party parts supplier leaks ;)

    Still don't think we'll see the iPad 5 at WWDC.
  13. sza
    macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    Maybe it will be light enough to hold with the thin bezel. We will see...;)
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    The 10" is currently a lot heavier right now, than it will be.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    Unless your hands are much smaller than mine (which aren't very large), you might even be able to stretch and hold the whole tablet from the back.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 28, 2003
    This is my concern as well, I think Apple have convinced themselves that that 'thumb rejection' software in the mini is good enough to migrate to the full size iPad. I can't say I'm looking forward to covering the screen with my thumb on the new one though.

    Having said that, we don't know quite how much weight they are shifting off the new device, perhaps it will be comfortable (light) enough to hold it from the bottom in portrait mode.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2012
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    Swainsboro, Ga
    My 2013 will consist of...

    iPad 5
    iPad Mini (for fiance')
    iPhone 5S/6
    Playstation 4 or Xbox One

    Oh wallet, how horrible I feel for you this year.
  19. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Makes me wonder which came first, the rumor or the panel

    I suspect their internal decision was to move all iOS devices to the Fall and that is the bigger factor over processors etc
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    Didn't lose enough bezel if you ask me - the side bezel still looks very thick imho
  21. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    They best cut the weight if they're ridding it of the side bezel. I don't know anyone who doesn't feel the need to rest their thumb on the side to ensure they can support the weight of the iPad while hand-holding it.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    I'm keeping my iPad 4 and adding a Retina Mini.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Ha! I'm a similar boat:
    • iPad Mini (only if it has Retina; if not, then iPad 5)
    • iPhone 5S/6 (whatever they call it)
    • Xbox One (will probably get the PS4 down the road)
    • 13in rMBP (when Haswell lands)
    • Maybe Mac Pro + Thunderbolt Display (if they both get updated)
    ... I need a job! :eek:
  24. macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    hmmm... nice!
    will definitely consider this beast when i will buy my next tablet (in december).
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    so it's still going to have a normal button at the bottom thats going to break after a while?

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