High quality images of the rumored iPad 5 show a chassis bound for Apple’s expected next-generation iPad hit the Web offering a peek at how the casing may look dressed in the company’s new “space gray” color. The images come from Australian blogger Sonny Dickson, who claims the space gray and silver-colored aluminum parts belong to the so-called “iPad 5,” which many industry watchers expect Apple to introduce along with a refreshed “iPad mini 2” later this year.
Apple first introduced the space gray color variation at the recent iPhone 5s unveiling on Sept. 10. Alongside the iPhone, the hue is now available as an option for the iPod touch, nano and shuffle products.
Apple is thought to be redesigning the 9.7-inch iPad with cues taken from the current iPad mini, such as thinner bezels and rounded edges. With the changes, the device should be a bit slimmer than its predecessor and boast a substantially decreased footprint, meaning internal space will be at a premium. Earlier this month a video compared the purportedly leaked casings against Apple’s current fourth-generation tablet and iPad mini, highlighting the differences in size and shape.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past been correct in predicting Apple product launches, said parts for both iPad models should start shipping to manufacturers at the end of September ahead of mass production and a quarter for release. Apple will likely phase out the current iPad when the new model debuts, Kuo notes, though iPad mini production is expected to continue until a low-budget version lands in 2014.
Reference Sonny Dickson