We’ve had a lot of reasons so far to think that Apple might be planning to seriously revamp the design of its iconic tablet for the release of the iPad 5, chopping away at the previously big bezel to end up with a face that more closely resembles the iPad mini than any earlier full-size iPads. Indeed, last week we got to check out a leaked image purporting to show just such an iPad 5 bezel. Today we get a little more support for this change, upon some images showing off a new case shape to accommodate the new design.
Early third-party case designs for Apple products can be a little hit-and-miss. Manufacturers like to have their wares ready to go first, in order to take advantage of launch-day sales, so they tend to prepare stocks in advance. We’d like to think that means having early access to device measurements, and sometimes that appears to be the case, but other times these guesses prove to be off – something to keep in mind.
Here we can see a new iPad 5 case fitting nicely inside a case for a current-gen iPad. As you can plainly see, the iPad 5 appears to be noticeably less wide, and just a smidge shorter, as well.
We’d love to have some hard measurements to go with all this visual evidence, but we have to admit: the evidence for this new look for the iPad 5 is getting stronger by the day.