I was just thinking about the new iPad mini and the possible next-generation (fifth) 9.7" iPad. I think there's a good possibility that Apple will give the next-gen 9.7" iPad slim bezels just like the iPad mini. It would slim down the 9.7" iPad significantly: if only the bezel on the left and right sides were slimmed down by just one centimeter it would save 45.35 cubic centimeters (cm^3). Also the 9.7" iPad would be 20 millimetres less wide. Some facts - In portrait mode, the bezels on the right and left sides are 1.8 cm thick - In portrait mode, the bezels on the top and bottom sides are 2.1 cm thick Reduce the bezels on the left and right side to 0.8 cm and reduce the bezels on the top and bottom to at least 1.8 cm (on iPhone 5, they also made the top and bottom bezels smaller). I believe 0.8 cm should be enough to hold the device and any additional touches on the touchscreen can be dealt with by the software (just like on the iPad mini). Combine this with a thinner design (let's say at least 8.8 mm like the old iPad 2) and what you get is thin and much smaller iPad. I definitely thing such a move would be a smart move by Apple. You've still got the big 9.7" display, but the over-all device is much smaller. The difference in portability between a 9.7" iPad and a 7.9" iPad mini would become smaller. This way, Apple can - maybe - also lure customers to buy a $499 9.7" iPad, instead of a $329 7.9" iPad mini. It is obvious to me: Apple should reduce the bezels on a 9.7" iPad.