A recent report from Korea’s ETNews is predicting big things for the next generation iPad and iPhone. Really big things in the form of giant phones and over-sized tablets.
Circulating rumors suggest the next generation iPad will sport a thinner and lighter design, just like it has in previous revisions. One unknown feature is the inclusion of the fingerprint sensor, which made its debut in the iPhone 5s. Conventional wisdom would point to the presence of Touch ID, as Apple would likely want to keep this hardware feature consistent across its iOS devices. Then again, there may be other factors at play that would prevent Apple from making that leap. I’ve already presented a few reasons why we may see a fingerprint sensor in the next iPad, below is the counterpoint with a few reasons why we might see the standard home button once again in Apple’s iPad models.
The uncertainty over the launch of Retina iPad mini continues.
So far we have heard contradictory reports, some reports have suggested that Apple is indeed gearing up to launch an iPad mini with Retina Display this year, whereas some have cautioned that the Retina iPad mini will be launched only at the beginning of next year.
BGR reports that Apple has seeded iOS 7.0.3 to its employees and carrier partners for testing.
Apple had released iOS 7 couple of weeks back, and iOS 7.0.2 last week to fix the lock screen passcode bug.
Now that the iPhone 5s has been revealed and is in the hands of the public, our focus turns to the iPad and its smaller companion, the iPad mini. Rumors and history suggest Apple’s tablet device will see a refresh in October. What does Apple have in store for its two iPad models? We don’t have to look much further than the iPhone 5s for some clues on what Apple may be packing into its next generation tablet devices.
A couple of days back, we saw the schematics of the iPad 5 showing the precise measurements of the device’s body, and today a video from a Chinese parts supplier shows and compares the rear shell of a space gray iPad 5 shell with iPad 4 and iPad mini.
Apple is rumored to refresh the iPad lineup with a new iPad mini and a new full-size iPad next month. While it’s not clear if the iPad mini 2 will have a Retina display, rumors and leaked components strongly suggest that the next iPad will come with a thinner and narrower design.
Schematics obtained by AppleInsider show the exact dimensions of this design, based on the expectations of case makers.