All iPads Is the new iPad expected to keep the same shape/dimensions?

HXGuyAZ

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Has anyone seen leaks of the actual body of the next iPad? Should we expect the same exterior shape and dimensions?

I'm hoping it will be identical to the iPad Air so that the Brydge keyboard works with it.
 

Erasmus

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HXGuyAZ

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If the shape isn't expected to change, why would you expected current cases to not work? Or is it more of a placement of speaker/buttons that won't line up with the cases?
 

Erasmus

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If the shape isn't expected to change, why would you expected current cases to not work? Or is it more of a placement of speaker/buttons that won't line up with the cases?
The key word of my first sentence was "major".

I would be very surprised if the overall shape was exactly the same, such that cases would be interchangeable.

But I would not expect the shape to change that much, ie. large changes in thickness, tapered edges, or planform size.

EDIT: You may be able to bodge a solution, probably by padding with paper/rubber.
 

SnowLeopard2008

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If by same shape/dimensions you mean rectangle with 4:3 ratio display, then yes, the new iPad is expected to keep the same shape/dimensions.

If you're asking if current cases will work, my guess is that it will stay the same. Why? Apart from iPad 1, the overall design has stayed the same for 2 generations or so. iPad 2 and new iPad (basically 3 and 4). iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina. Follows the iPhone too. iPhone 3G and 3GS. 4 and 4S. 5 and 5S. I have no idea about the next mini though. It is currently on second generation and the design hasn't changed.
 

GoingDark

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If the shape isn't expected to change, why would you expected current cases to not work? Or is it more of a placement of speaker/buttons that won't line up with the cases?
There was barely a change in size between the iPad Mini and the retina iPad Mini (something like less than 1mm difference in thickness), but I personally tried two cases designed for the original mini that didn't fit properly. It may well be the same situation with the next generation of Airs/Minis.
 

HXGuyAZ

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If by same shape/dimensions you mean rectangle with 4:3 ratio display, then yes, the new iPad is expected to keep the same shape/dimensions.

If you're asking if current cases will work, my guess is that it will stay the same. Why? Apart from iPad 1, the overall design has stayed the same for 2 generations or so. iPad 2 and new iPad (basically 3 and 4). iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina. Follows the iPhone too. iPhone 3G and 3GS. 4 and 4S. 5 and 5S. I have no idea about the next mini though. It is currently on second generation and the design hasn't changed.
Makes sense, and the iPad Air was only released in Nov 2013, Apple has a history of keeping a design for at least 2 years before major revisions.
 

SnowLeopard2008

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Makes sense, and the iPad Air was only released in Nov 2013, Apple has a history of keeping a design for at least 2 years before major revisions.
Yup that's right. I don't know how this will play out between the Air and mini though. Remember, the mini has kept the same design (slightly different thickness) for 2 years whereas the Air for only 1 year. If Apple wants to keep the design unified between Air and mini, that's where it gets tricky. They have to break the rule for one or the other.
 

Abazigal

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A possible leak on youtube shows the iPad air2 to be thinner compared to the iPad air, together with redesigned speakers and volume controls, but otherwise, everything else is the same.

Which means the need the new cases, unless you don't mind your current cases being slightly loose.
 

Velin

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iPad Air is great, if they can make iPad Air 2 a little thinner, but keep same width/height, that would be awesome. I'm already buying one no matter what it looks like.
 

addictzz

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I hope for no changes at the shape or dimension AT ALL.

It sucks to wait for new cases every time new shape kicks in.

I do hope there is a reduction in weight though.
 
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