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Rick Holly

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Rumors of a narrower and thinner design for the fifth-gen iPad have been circulating for several months along with design cues from the iPad mini in redesigning the full-size iPad with narrower side bezels, a thinner shell and more rounded curves. The new iPad has been said to shave off 4 mm in height, 17 mm in width, and 2 mm in thickness compared to the current design. A number of photos of the rear shell and front panel of the device have continued to support the claims of the iPad mini-inspired redesign. 

More recently, a case maker’s design drawings have surfaced by the folks over at AppleInsider showing the expected dimensions of the fifth-gen iPad. According to the drawings, the next iPad will measure 7.5 mm thick, a full 2 mm thinner than the current iPad and 0.3 mm thicker than the iPad mini. The new iPad will only shave a little more than 1 mm off of the height of the current iPad, but the much narrower side bezels will reduce the width of the device by over 16 mm or nearly 9%. 

There have been similar design drawings for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C before their release and while they were nearly spot on in several of their measurements, it should be noted that those drawings had pegged the iPhone 5C as being 8.5 mm thick while the official thickness according to Apple is 8.97 mm. This indicates that these design drawings aren’t always perfect although they can provide a ballpark of what to expect.

Source: AppleInsider

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