iPad 5, Possible Retina iPad Mini Rear Shells Leak [Image]

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Can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us with the iPad 5? Here’s what it will likely look like… face down!

We begin Monday morning once again with yet another Far East parts leak, this time of the purported back casing of Apple’s fifth-generation iPad.

We’ve seen this part before. Way back in January, the first iPad 5 rear shell popped up, and we’ve seen new leaks every month or two since then. Unless this is a scam of epic proportions, Apple has been serious about this design for at least the last eight months.

With the iPad 5, evidence is mounting that Cupertino intends to follow the lead set by the iPad mini, and slim down the 9.7-inch tablet. Not only is it rumored to be a lighter device — possibly because of the use of low-power Sharp IGZO displays, which would require smaller batteries — but Apple is ditching the equally-sized side bezels on the iPad 5 to make it narrower, just like the iPad mini. That means when holding the iPad in portrait mode, your thumbs would partly obscure the display.

Speaking of the mini, the photos also show a shell for one, but it’s not clear if this is the iPad mini 2, and if so, if it will boast a Retina display. Fingers crossed.

Either way, don’t expect to see either of these tablets at Apple’s September 10th event next month: if history is any guide, Apple will hold a separate event for the new iPads sometime in October.

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