Yet More Evidence that Forthcoming iPad 5 Will Have iPad Mini Form Factor

Images keep emerging on the Internet of alleged casings, or moulds for casings, of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad. All of the evidence continues to suggest it will have narrower bezels on the sides like the iPad mini, allowing the device to be somewhat narrower without reducing screen size. And the evidence also suggests it will be thinner and lighter, possibly due to the implementation of an IGZO display.

This new technology uses as much as 90 percent less power, meaning the battery can be smaller. AppleInsider has a roundup of the latest leaked images. One report also says the volume control and power input will be in the same location as the iPad mini. And it says the device will have iPad mini-like corners that are shallow and rounded.

When will we see it? Some are suggesting this summer. Until last year, iPads had been on a March/April release schedule. But then last fall Apple released an updated iPad with a Retina display, only six months after the previous model had launched. So the question has been: Will Apple go back to a spring release schedule, or start releasing new iPads in the fall? A summer release would be a compromise.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Other rumors of late say Foxconn is now gearing up to begin manufacturing the next iPhone. In addition, rumors once again are saying it will have a 12-megapixel camera that will improve the ability to take photos in low light. You can read more on MacRumors.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

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.