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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 28

John Cox | Aug. 30, 2013
Apple iPad 5 rumors: Front panels, rear housings, dilemmas, date delight short-lived.

Still more photographs purporting to show exteriors of the Apple iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 were posted this week. But they only underlined how little the iOSphere actually knows about the Next iPads.

In fact there's really only three things: that the big iPad will look like the small iPad; the small iPad will have the big iPad's retina display; and that the Apple tablets will have new processors.

The new front iPad 5 front panel photos and the new iPad mini 2 rear housing photos only "confirm" one of those.

Also this week: the thrill of knowing that the Next iPads will be announced on the same day as the Next iPhones was short-lived; the iPad 5 as a "kind of enlarged iPad mini" creates a dilemma and conundrum for one blogger.

You read it here second.

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"This is a [front] panel  we have seen before from a different source, which actually reinforces the fact this is probably a legitimate front panel. It also confirms that Apple is indeed moving [with iPad 5] to match the slimmer bezel already seen on the iPad mini."~ Matthew Humphries, Geek.com, explaining how unsourced and unverified photos reinforce and confirm "facts" that are, in fact, only still-unsubstantiated rumors.
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iPad 5 front panel photos reveal, yes, thinner sides for the front frame or bezel
Australian Sonny Dickson this week posted new photographs that allegedly show a white iPad 5 front panel the "picture frame" that surrounds the actual 9.7-inch (diagonal) display.

The main noticeable difference which has been rumored for most of 2013 — is the narrower sides of the frame, or bezel. That difference means the face of the iPad 5 mimics the proportions of the iPad mini's face.

Dickson doesn't say where or how he receives the images, so there's no way to evaluate their provenance. Matthew Humphries at Geek.com was happy to fill in the blank with logic-defying reasoning. 

"This is a [front] panel we have seen before from a different source, which actually reinforces the fact this is probably a legitimate front panel," Humphries says, even though there's no way to know that it's a panel previously seen from a different source. The best one can say is that the front panel in Dickson's photos looks similar to the panel seen in other unsourced and unverified photos.

Humphries goes on to say, "It also confirms that Apple is indeed moving to match the slimmer bezel already seen on the iPad mini." But an unverified photo, by definition, cannot confirm anything. It simply matches the widely held expectation that Apple will give the iPad a narrower, and perhaps thinner, body.

 

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