iPad 5 Rear Shell Image Surfaces, Shows Off Smaller, iPad mini-Like Design [LEAK]

By Binu Paul , Updated Apr 23, 2013 12:39 PM EDT

Apple's next-generation iPad is the subject of a growing number of rumors and leaks over the last couple of weeks, and now an image of what seems to be the back cover of the future iPad with Retina display has surfaced.

The image was released by a relatively unknown website Tactus, showing off a rear panel for the iPad 5 that is narrower than the current generation iPad. The alleged aluminum rear shell of Apple's next tablet model has a flat back and curved edges. The colored shell appears to be a bigger version of the iPad mini's rear shell, which proves (if the leak is to be believed) that the previous rumors about the device's design were correct.

Although the leaked image shows a narrower iPad shell, the display would be the same size, as the next-generation iPad is rumored to feature a narrow bezel that it will adopt from its little brother, the iPad mini.

"We believe the new iPad 5 might contain the rumoured A7X chip and will retain its 9.7 inch screen size, just with much thinner bezels," Tactus reports. The report further states that the next Apple tablet will follow the form factor of the recently released iPad mini but will have a Retina resolution screen.

"Apple is finally supposed to be using IGZO displays with their retina resolution screen, which means a thinner iPad is definitely on the cards. IGZO displays use up to 90 percent less power than previous generation iPad displays, which means a smaller battery that reduces the overall weight and thickness," the report states.

Other major expected features include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB storage options.

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