The leaked photos of the next generation iPad’s rear shell have indicated that the next generation iPad may end up looking like the iPad mini with narrower bezels along the sides in portrait mode and thinner body.
Apple accessory manufacturer Minisuit has already created a case for the 5th generation iPad based on data and specifications they’ve received from a reliable source, which is very similar to the leaked photos.
As you can see in the photo below, the case also comes with an extra hole at the back, which is for the microphone like the iPad mini. In case of the iPad 4, the microphone is at the top of the device.
Case manufacturers have a huge financial incentive to start selling cases for the new iPad as soon as it is launched, so some of them don’t want to take any chances and develop cases based on the leaked designs or parts.
iPad 5 is also rumored to come with chamfered edges and aluminum coating like the iPad mini.
I really like the design of the iPad mini, so I hope that the iPad 5 looks like it and is also much lighter.