Rumor: iPad 5 to feature mini-like design, iPhone 5S to look similar to current model

By , Jan 25, 2013

iPad 5 mockup (Martin uit Utrecht 002)

The often accurate Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge just published a monster report with details regarding the new iPad, and Apple’s two new iPhones coming later this year. Horwitz nailed the iPhone 5 last May, and has a fairly good track record, so people tend to listen when he talks.

For starters he dishes about the iPad 5, saying the tablet has been completely redesigned with virtually no left or right bezels, and less space above and below the screen. It’s described as a “stretched iPad mini,” with chamfered edges, and is smaller than you’d imagine possible…

Horwitz says that he’s seen a “physical model” of the new iPad, and that it’s “seriously intriguing.”

“What does it look like? Well, it’s a lot smaller than one would guess was possible: in portrait orientation, picture a 9.7” screen with virtually no left or right bezels, and only enough space above and below the screen to accommodate the mandatory camera and Home Button elements. Beyond that, it’s noticeably thinner, as well, which is to say the the fifth-generation iPad will be smaller in every dimension than its predecessors.”

Don’t get your hopes up for a performance boost though. Because of the redesign, Apple will have to find smaller parts and new display tech to make it work. He says expect it to be on par with the iPad 4, and despite earlier reports of a March launch, he’s now hearing October.

Now, as for the iPhone lineup. Sources say the iPhone 5S will look very similar to the iPhone 5 (big surprise!) albeit with a larger rear flash. They also confirm previous reports that Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone. Apparently it’s made of plastic, and is launching this year.

And finally, Horwitz shares some tidbits about the so-called ‘iPhone Math’ that has popped up in a few recent rumors:

“Addressing the so-called “iPhone Math”—hinted by one source as a mistranslation of “iPhone +”—we’ve been told that this is another new model and in early prototyping stages, certainly not expected in 2013. It supposedly has a 4.7” screen, at least for the time being. It might never make it to market, and plenty could change before it does.”

That’s something to keep in mind here. Even if these reports are accurate—and that’s a big if—a lot can change between now and when these products launch. So for that reason, we are putting this information in the ‘rumors’ column until we can back it up with more corroboration.

But common sense says there’s nothing too outlandish here. The iPad 4′s design is three generations old now, and grossly oversized. And the ‘budget’ iPhone rumor has been very popular, even with the likes of The Wall Street Journal. So between that and Apple’s new focus on China, why not?

What do you make off all of this?

[image credit Martin uit Utrecht]

Update: iLounge has just provided an update to this post, adding a few more details. First, it’s reporting that the iPhone 5S has a target date of July and its star feature will be an updated camera (perhaps Sony’s 13MP sensor). Next, the iPad 5’s code name, according to sources, is J72 and the 2nd gen iPad mini’s is J85. The mini is also expected to arrive in October with a Retina display.

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  • jose castro

    i think iPhone math is a stupid name.. you might as well call it iPhone 5s..

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      I very much doubt that Math will be its name, however much worse names have made it to market. Didn’t HTC use to name all it’s handsets after condom’s. Sensation, Sensation XL, Desire…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

        Hahaha

    • Seb

      It’s a code name

    • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

      iPhone Math was from a badly translated chinese article, the name was most likely iPhone Plus.

  • David

    I don’t want that plastic iphone!!

    • iHamzaDev

      Then don’t buy it… It’s called choices and common sense. Moronic trolls.

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

        and that phone is called cheap..

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    Apple have just attained and released record figures by not doing anything cheap, I can’t see them wanting to change that business plan anytime soon. I’ll stick my neck out as I always do and say it again. Apple don’t do cheap. period.

    • iHamzaDev

      Agreed. Although as similar to what they did with the iPad Mini, the might bring their profit margin to a lower percentage to compete in the lower end markets. But I don’t think quality will go down all that much.

  • Artur Gromulski

    I’m waiting for iPad 5th generation, my iPad 2 is gettilg little bit old right now, but the 4th generation is not worth changing, waiting for design change

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

      the ipad 4 is nice… but the 5 is so close may as well wait..

  • Sentry

    Rumor: New iPad to feature iPad design, new iPhone to feature iPhone design.

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

      exactly…

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    I could of told you that the i5s is going to look like the i5 … It’s to much cost for apple to change the design every year..

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Yup.

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

      and also we have been through this “S” thing 2 times already

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

    DUH!!!

  • JWu

    I really hope Apple doesn’t go with a narrow side bezel. The narrow side bezel makes sense for the iPad mini because it can be palmed easily. I don’t see the need for the narrow bezel on the iPad. I would rather they make the battery larger with the extra space.

  • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

    Such titles make me say “You don’t say!”

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    if the iphone 5S has the same style i’ll pass…im tired and done with a design thats been around since the iphone 4….i dont want an iphone 4 thats longer..i want something redesigned…if sammy can do it with the Galaxy line apple so can you

  • Africanking

    Haha @ iPhone 5s. No more originality since their visionary died.