Videos of Forthcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini Appear Online

Two videos have been posted this week that give you a clear look at the forthcoming iPads based on the front panel and the back casing. First a video of the the fifth-generation iPad was posted by Lou of Unboxing Therapy earlier this week. (See the video embedded below.) It shows in detail the new device compared to the current fourth-generation iPad. As expected, the new version is narrower overall, thanks to the narrower bezels left and right. In that respect, it has the same form factor as the iPad mini. The video demonstrates that by placing the iPad 5 front panel on top of a fourth-generation iPad, so you can see easily compare the size, and does the same for the back panel. 

The video also shows that the new iPad uses separate up and down volume controls like the iPad mini, rather than a single unit. A view of the bottom shows upgraded speakers similar to those on the iPad mini. The new iPad is also thinner than the current model, but the video shows that the difference is negligible. 

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The same website also posted a second video comparing the comparing the casing of the forthcoming iPad mini with that of the iPad 5. The video also compares the iPad mini back casing with the first-generation mini, showing that the form factor is identical, with the only difference being the new mirror finish on the Apple logo. No one knows what features the new mini will offer, but speculation is that it will have a retina display.

When can we expect the new iPads? The word is that next Tuesday's event will not include the iPad. But according to AppleInsider, things are still on track for these devices to appear in the fourth quarter. The report says that the new iPads will likely sport faster processors and that the mini will probably have a retina display. It also suggests that Apple will continue to offer low-end, non-retina models of both iPads.
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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.