The current iPad form factor has not changed since the iPad 2 back in March 2011, but there are rumors to suggest that future lines could blur with the iPad mini 2 and the iPad 5, as the latter is said to be borrowing a few design features from the former. Models of the fifth-generation tablet from Apple are said to already be showing up and looks smaller because of losing the bezel on the current larger version.
There have been two full-size iPad models since Apple released the 2nd-gen version so it’s about time that they made several changes to the form factor. If we are to believe those recent sightings then most of the iPad front could be taken up by the screen with just enough space above and below for the camera and Home Button.
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It’s not just the changes to the bezel that are expected, as it’s also suggested that the 5th-generation iPad will be thinner compared to the current version, so it’s looking far more likely to share design similarities with the iPad mini, which you can see for yourself in this mockup.
What changes could we see? Apple will need to make several changes to the internal hardware if they hope to make their next iPad thinner while improving on performance. This can be achieved in several ways, but we know that Apple have been toying with the idea of changing to Sharp’s IGZO display. However, if we are to believe this latest rumor then a March release is less likely because it has been suggested that an October release would be more likely, which would make it a year after the current-gen was released.