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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 20

John Cox | Aug. 22, 2013
Latest Apple iPad 5 scuttlebutt: Rear shells, svelteness, and Retina clues from the supply chain.

Even NowhereElse founder Steve Hemmerstoffer veered between wild excitement and something like boredom, sometimes in the space of a single Google-translated sentence: "In short, these new pictures do not tell us anything we did not already know but confirmed for the umpteenth time the rumors that keep us in suspense since the beginning of the year and at the same time that production of the iPad likely to 5 turns full speed."

MacRumor's Richard Padilla says the photos "are also consistent with a previous report that the next-generation full-sized iPad would use the same touch panel technology like that of the current generation iPad mini to achieve a smaller size."

It is widely expected in the iOSphere that the glass-on-glass touch panel used in the existing 9.7-inch iPads will be replaced by the glass-film technology introduced by Apple in the first 7.9-inch iPad mini almost a year ago. The overall assembly becomes thinner and lighter be eliminating a layer of glass.

iPad 5, iPad mini 2 are slimmer, more svelte, and all the iPhone.
That's the rumor from, which describes itself as "a new kind of news" and they prove it day in and day out.

According to a rather confusing post this week by Phil Moore, headlined "New iPad 5, retina iPad mini 2 get slimmer for 2013 release date," both of the new tablets will be "more svelte." Moore doesn't provide any evidence that the iPad mini is being smaller in any dimension.

"The rumor pegs a thinner front bezel as the source of the iPad diet plan, which should make the new models more lightweight in addition to being thinner and they could mirror the iPhone by moving to an all-glass body," Moore writes.

It's not clear what he means by this last comment. According to Apple's website, "The back of iPhone 5 is made of anodized 6000 series aluminum -- the same material used in Apple notebooks -- with inlays along the top and bottom made of ceramic glass (on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (on the black and slate model)." So most of the iPhone 5's body is aluminum, not glass.

A second confusion is about the meaning of the word "bezel" which is not a term that, as it relates to the iPhone or iPad, has a generally accepted meaning; and Apple itself doesn't seem to use it, at least on its Website. Moore doesn't explain what he means by that word. Finally, there is confusion about what he means by a "thinner" bezel, because "thinner" could refer to more than one dimension, or more than one feature, or both.


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