If the recent rumors turn out to be true, Apple’s latest iteration of iPad may see the light of day as soon as later this month. In addition to considerable improvements in terms of specs and features, the iPad 5 is widely believed to sport changes in the design department too. Word on the street is that it will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor. That would be a welcome change, since the third-generation iPad actually went in the opposite direction resulting thicker than its predecessor, iPad 2.
Apple indeed is focusing on the iPad 5 design…
According to Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD Display Search, thinner and lighter design could be possible thanks to using a new approach to LED backlight. Semanza explains that Apple could employ more efficient LEDs, thus reducing the size of the LED backlight. He also added that “a shift to a film-based touch sensor” was likely. At the moment it is unclear whether Semenza based his theory on solid information or is mere speculating.
Recent leaked photos seem to confirm that Apple indeed is focusing on the design with its fifth-generation iPad. Back in January, a leaked image of what is believed to be iPad 5 back panel suggested that the tablet will be thinner that its predecessor. A few days ago, supposedly front panel was caught on camera and the photo shows thinner bezels. If the images are legit, it would mean that indeed Apple is on to something. Hopefully, we will find out soon, when the iPad 5 arrives at the stores.