Rumors about the fifth-generation, full-sized iPad form factor and engineering specification have remained pretty consistent for months, and with Digitimes’ Max Wang and Joseph Tsai reporting this week that upstream ODM suppliers have mostly finished preparing for
production of the new 9.7-inch iPad—keeping Apple is on track to announce the iPad 5 in September—we have a reasonably good idea (broad strokes anyway) of what it will be like.
It’s expected the 5th-gen form factor—after staying consistent enough through the second, third, and fourth generation iPads so that most cases and accessories would work with any of those three
versions—has undergone a radical redesign and downsizing for the iPad 5.
According to the rumor mills, Apple’s new full-sized tablet will feature a slimmer enclosure, thinner bezel, and rounded corners similar to that of the iPad mini (shown), scaled up in order to