Slimmer, lighter iPad 5 with narrower side bezels coming in fall?

By , Jan 16, 2013

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Apple’s next full-size tablet, the iPad 5, will borrow some design elements of the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini, one analyst forecasts Wednesday. Among the most noticeable changes: the iPad will be both thinner and lighter than the iPad 4, released in October 2012.

Additionally, the Apple watcher expects the tablet maker to unveil an enhanced iPad mini with Retina display matching the resolution of the full-size tablet.

Unlike most observers, this particular analyst thinks that the new 9.7-inch iPad may appear late this year rather than during the current quarter…

In a note to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities, said the upcoming iPad 5, a fifth revision to the original 9.7-inch iPad tablet, will be “significantly lighter and slimmer” than previous versions.

The new full-size tablet also will include a narrower screen border, requiring a refined multitouch software to prevent accidental screen touches occurring from your thumb resting on the side bezels when scrolling or interacting with the device using the other hand.

Remember, the 7.9-inch iPad mini was first to introduce iOS multi-touch enhancements to solve the user experience problems stemming from the skinnier side bezels.

Going against most predictions that Apple will unveil its updated full-size iPad in March, Kuo expects a third-quarter announcement, reports AppleInsider.

While his prediction would break Apple’s usual twice-a-year upgrade schedule, the analyst has correctly forecast past product release dates. In 2012, he forecast the iPad 4 would be unveiled before the end of the year, timing that departed from Apple’s expected launch date. However, the company did announce its latest full-size iPad in October.

One product the analyst isn’t expecting this year is an Apple-branded HDTV.

Although a number of Wall Street observers believe the company may introduce a TV this year, Kuo forecasts the Apple TV box will be updated during this quarter, with an Apple TV appearing no sooner than 2014.

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  • Johnathan Jennings

    No!! iPad needs a March release cycle.

    • tggt00

      NOOO I SWEAR IN GOD JUST NOT IN MARCH PLEASE

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Why?! Releasing everything around October like Apple did in 2012 is stupid. They need to spread out their product refreshes again.

  • http://twitter.com/Terhoence Terence Ho

    Thin bezels mean Apple could come closer to making an edge to edge display!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      no one edge has to be thicker for usability reasons… but not as thick as they are on ipad 2 3 and 4

  • JWu

    When did Apple have an “usual twice-a-year” release schedule for a product? The fourth generation iPad was just a very minor upgrade; It will not last a whole year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i skipped it..

  • Nico

    No! Keep the current bezel for the original iPad, just make it thinner and lighter! You need to be able to hold the sides without touching the screen, especially when you are lying down.

  • Al

    Count me in.. I still have an iPad 3, I like the design of the iPad Mini.. It has that updated touch feature where another finger can assist in scrolling, so the narrow side bezels won’t be an issue.

    But I’m looking forward to a redesign iPad.. Wasn’t too pleased with Apple announcing the iPad 4, but I understood why. I plan on getting the redesign iPad 5… And can’t wait for what iOS 7 has to offer..

  • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

    on the fence about smaller bezle, perhaps if they used that space to make a bigger 16:9 screen it would be acceptable. i think Q1/2 release date is more likely. the ipad 4 was released so they could completely cut out 30 pin connectors and discontinue production of a5x chips

    • SimonReidy

      16×9 doesn’t work well for tablets in portrait mode. 16×10 like the Nexus 10 could be cool, but I imagine Apple will stick to 4:3 for the best useability in both landscape and portrait (and to retain compatibility with all the existing retina iPad apps).

      • http://www.facebook.com/linton.findlay Linton Findlay

        suppose but now people moan and point out the black bar it cannot be unseen xD

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    Smaller full size bezel would be great. It’s sleeker looking and doesn’t make the ipad look like all the other ugly fat tablets out there.