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Back in January of this year, iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz claimed to have seen a physical model of the fifth generation iPad. He said it was “a lot smaller than one would guess was possible” with “virtually no left or right bezels.”

Since then, all of the reports and part leaks we’ve seen have corroborated Horwitz’ description. We’ve seen rear shells of the tablet—more than once—and a few cases, and today we have new pictures of a black front panel…

MacRumors points to repair shop MacFixit’s website, which has posted several photos of what it believes is a front panel and digitizer for the iPad 5. The part shows the same narrower side bezels as we’ve seen in previous leaks.

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The site notes that the connectors are different from those seen in current and previous iPad models, but Apple has been rumored to be making a number of internal changes in order to achieve the smaller form factor expected.

Here are some of the other things it noted:

– The display area is the same as the iPad Retina. 
– The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini. 
– The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini. 
– There is now 2 connectors instead of 1. 
– The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).

Given the amount of evidence that’s piled up, we’re fairly confident we have a good idea of what the next iPad is going to look like. As far as the internals, though, we don’t know much outside of a hunch that it’ll feature an A7 chip.

Apple is expected to unveil its fifth generation iPad as early as next month, alongside a new iPad mini and other product refreshes.

  • Pranav Shankar

    why not just keep the same size and put in a bigger battery? same with the iPhone. the ip4 was thin enough!

    • They usually use more efficient smaller batteries instead of bigger ones.

    • Chindavon

      No way. The thinner bezel is the way to go. Battery is already really good.

  • Ant Mitchell

    I know that leaked photos are the norm now, and it helps to drive up hype of upcoming products which can help to pump up share prices, etc… To me though, it just takes some of the excitement away from product unveilings. We all remember the original iPhone and iPad announcements which were, to my recollection, mostly if not completely without any leaked photos of screens, camera circuitry and back panels. Nowadays we always know what the latest iteration looks like before it’s unveiled, and it just feels as though we lose something in the process.

  • mehrab

    Best selling core i7 laptops

    • iosPixel

      Mehrab with spam? Confused – Oh its that they’re all Apple..

    • Chindavon

      Don’t forget that the best Windows machine is a Mac.

  • Muhammad Hammudeh

    I hope that it will feature an A7X chip

  • Gorgonphone

    when IOS7 is jailbroken i will get the ipad 5 or the mini2 if the specs are right

  • Dante Arellano

    So new iPad will be like iPad mini and iPad mini will have retina iPhone 5’s will have finger scanner so is this innovative or just the some thing but with different updates iPhone 5 is almost 1 year old I can’t get the same iPhone 5 just cuz they call it iPhone 5s came on Apple!

  • alexraju

    the guy taking the picture can be easily recognized.dont see anyone commeny about it.will he be in trouble at the factory?