The iPad 5 isn’t official yet, but it’s release is surely getting closer, evidenced by a new video that compares Apple’s current full-size tablet to the next-generation device.
This helps confirm what has been rumored so many times: the iPad 5 is going to be narrower than its predecessor by decreasing the size of the bezels. This will reduce the width by 0.6 inches — from 7.3 in. to 6.7 in. Still, as the video demonstrates, this makes it possible for the tablet to be held in one hand.
The thickness apparently isn’t changing by much, if at all, even though the edges with be blunter. But the screen is going to stay the same 9.7 inches in size.
According to this video, Apple is making some other changes to the design for this version. It is adding stereo speakers to the bottom. And the volume rocker is being replaced with separate up/down buttons.
It’s not known when Apple will introduce the iPad 5. It’s not expected to be part of the September 10 press event that was announced yesterday — that’s apparently going to be just for the next iPhone.
This company’s fifth-generation full-size tablet might not be announced until some time after the furor surrounding the new iPhone has died down.
An updated version of the iPad mini with a Retina display is expected to debut at the same event as the iPad 5.