iPad 5 Smart Covers video

It’s been a while since we heard anything newsworthy concerning Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad, apart from a supposed Space Grey backplate from yesterday. YouTube user Unbox Therapy today posted a video which allegedly shows off Smart Covers for the iPad 5 in a bunch of vivid colors.

It looks pretty legit and while I can’t vouch for its veracity, I’ve decided to post it here for the sake of discussion. There are a few noteworthy observations to be gleaned from watching the clip so check it out after the break and meet us in comments…

Here it is.

UPDATE: looks like these things are selling for $5 a piece over at AliBaba.

Proceed with caution, pinches of salt and everything.

Now, a few observations here…

Firstly, Apple could be looking to offer Smart Covers for the iPad 5 in eight distinct colors: red, pink, orange, green, black, white, blue and gray, the latter fitting the leaked Space Gray finish (below) perfectly.

spacegray ipad

Secondly, these covers have three panels instead of four, just like the Smart Cover designed for the iPad mini.

Lastly, the iPad mini’s Smart Cover lacks the metal hinge because the magnets are located inside the cover itself. In this video, the metal hinge is curiously present. This could point to no change in the iPad 5’s Smart Cover design.

If leaked parts are anything to go by, the fifth-generation iPad should be just as thin as the upcoming iPad mini 2. In and of itself, that’d be a huge accomplishment.

How’s that possible, you ask.

For starters, Apple is thought to have shed some fat by using a much thinner display assembly that incorporates a smaller LED backlighting module.

As a result of these engineering changes, the iPad 5’s display should draw considerably less power compared to its predecessor, the iPad 4. Coupled with the skinnier side bezels, power-efficient A7 chip and updated battery technology, the aforementioned advancements should enable Apple engineers to design a thinner yet more powerful device.

We’re expecting refreshed iPads alongside iOS 7.1 to be unveiled next month, with one rumor specifically mentioning the October 15 Apple media event date.

  • Leafs99

    Christian, couldn’t Apple also implement IGZO displays in the new iPad, as it would save battery life.

    • That is certainly possible, but then again if IGZO for new iPads were in the cards, they’d have certainly used those advanced panels in the new iPhones, no?

      • Leafs99

        Well, the iPad 5 would have more to benefit from IGZO than the iPhone would. The iPhone was going with the 5’s design anyways, so they wouldn’t benefit from the lower power consumption of IGZO in the same way the iPad 5 would (iPad mini-like thinness). Perhaps IGZO yields aren’t high enough for the iPhone’s demand, but they can sustain the iPad’s demands.

  • Jonathan

    I just love leaks. 😀

    Also, we’ll find out in 19 days of the actual iPad 🙂

  • Mr.Ocean

    Hope they keep the leather Covers around.
    And I would love a leather smart cover for my iPad Mini 🙂

    • Jonathan

      One sec.
      *Grabs cow*
      Cow: moo.
      Me: *stretch cut trim dye*
      Here’s your smart cover!

  • seyss

    I’d go with the “fake” veredict since this cover has a METAL HINGE.. and Ive designed the new iPad mini covers without it

  • JaeM1llz

    Definitely knock-offs. This happens with the announcement of every new Apple product. Dimensions are leaked and 3rd party accessory manufacturers produce these knock-offs so they’re ready for sale the day the device goes public.

  • Raashid

    Ooooh, it’s been Photoshop-resized…revolutionary.

  • wonderboydave