Today, iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz published a new report containing details on the forthcoming fifth-generation iPad, in addition to future iPhone models.
Horwitz claims that he’s inspected what’s allegedly the rear casing intended for Apple’s next iPad refresh. The upcoming tablet is said to adopt numerous features from its smaller, increasingly-popular cousin: the iPad mini.
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. As it will have the same chamfered edges and curves, calling it a ‘stretched iPad mini’ is very close to entirely accurate.
The report suggests that the new iPad will be significantly smaller and thinner than the current design, which in dire need of a radical change. Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is also said to feature a narrow side bezel, similar to the iPad mini. The inevitable design change will likely be due to a shift in display technology to IGZO panels and smaller internal components, which was also suggested in a recent rumor.
Originally scheduled for release in March, Horwitz has proposed that a launch in October is more likely, possibly due to various component production issues.
As for the iPhone, it’s reported that Apple will introduce an iPhone 5S, which will be nearly identical to the iPhone 5 in design, save for an improved, slightly larger rear LED flash. The much-rumored, low-cost iPhone with a (polycarbonate) plastic shell is supposedly in Apple’s 2013 release schedule.
Finally, Horwitz addressed the rumors regarding a larger Apple smartphone dubbed “iPhone Math”. While a protoype iPhone with a 4.7-inch display is indeed said to be in testing, it isn’t expected to be released in 2013. Furthermore, one source even “hinted” that the “iPhone Math” denomination is actually a misinterpretation of the name “iPhone +”.
Horwitz has a fairly reputable track record when it comes to reporting on information regarding past Apple products, suggesting that he has access to one or more reliable sources within Apple’s supply chain. Stay tuned for complete coverage on Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad and future iPhone models.