Rumored iPad 5 parts assembled for real video peep show

Apple has been working on redesigning the full-sized iPad for a while now with a goal towards making it thinner - which means lighter - and bringing it into line with the new design language introduced with the current iPad mini. Like with the iPad mini, however, battery life is the enemy of thin, Retina iPads. The video above represents alleged parts for that design, assembled and put on display by Macotakara.

It looks like what I heard the iPad 5 would look like months ago, but whether it's genuine parts or a knock off based on leaked specs is impossible to say. If accurate, it's just one more sign that Apple's getting the LED, chipset power consumption, screen tech, and battery life levels to where they need them to be in order to launch a full sized, Retina iPad that's no longer quite so fully sized.

I still use my iPad 4 for comic books and TV and movies, so the idea of a 9.7-inch screen that shoved into a light, svelte, iPad mini-style casing holds a lot of a appeal for me. How about you?

Source: Macotakara via Nowhere Else

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Rumored iPad 5 parts assembled for real video peep show


It's easy to check a YouTube channel's track record. This channel posted a video of the iPhone 5 enclosure on July 29, 2012 and a video of the iPhone 5 glass panel on May 31, 2012. This is extremely likely to be the next 9.7 inch iPad.

I have been waiting since last Christmas for the iPad 5 (cash at the ready). Got my wife the iPad Mini for her birthday in May, and she loves it (previously an Apple hater, now loves her Mini and her iPhone 4).

When I looked at the Mini and the iPad 4 at that time it was striking how light the Mini was in comparison, but I like the larger display area of the regular sized tablet. So I've held out until the iPad 5 would come, hoping that it'd be thin and light like the Mini. And here it is!!!

Planning on getting a 64 or 128 GB version for myself as soon as it becomes available. Debating on whether to go wifi or cellular. And a new Haswell MacMini (when that finally comes) to replace my fading PowerPC iMac that's been stuck on 10.4.11.

I also bought my wife an iPad mini and she loves it. I use it from time to time, but always go back to my iPad 2 because of the larger screen size. For me, I use my iPad primarily for media consumption, gaming, and watching tv/movies. I would love an iPad with a large retina display that doesn't way so much and feels smaller and better in the hand. If this is real, I'm buying on launch day.

This might be out of The discussion here but I have to ask this to rene...
If Apple(and it seems quite possible) releases iPad mini with resolution of 9.7" iPad
People will tend to buy the iPad mini instead of full size because of pixel density is more that 9.7 one.. It is also important to have iPad mini to sport exact resolution for the sake of applications.

My question what will Apple do with Full size iPad then.. More resolution??? May be but again applications will require to update to that resolution. But again the 9.7" is more premium devices, why would apple do this Application problem to a premium device instead of iPad mini.

Please give your opinion.

If Apple does give the iPad mini the same resolution as its larger brother (and I have no doubt it will), then maybe Apple will build a larger iPad (ie: 13 inches) and sell it more like an iOS notebook where you can also detach the screen and use it as a tablet if need be. Similar to something in this patent filing;

That way there is enough differentiation between the smaller and larger iPad.