New photos have surfaced of a rear casing allegedly destined for the fifth generation iPad. If this is indeed the real deal, it appears that the larger Apple tablet will definitely be taking some design cues from its successful smaller tablet, the iPad mini.
FanaticFone has obtained what appears to be the rear shell of the next iPad. Should this part prove to be real, it tells us quite a bit about the upcoming fifth generation iPad’s styling. Some of the most notable changes include the separation of the up and down volume controls as opposed to the single rocker on previous generations, increased tapering along the edges to make the tablet more rounded and dual speakers along the bottom flanking the Lightning connector.
There is no way to tell how legitimate this rear panel is, so we do suggest taking it with a grain of salt. That being said, machining aluminum is not something just anyone can do, and it seems to hit all of the right design notes.
The fifth generation iPad is expected to be announced next month alongside the second generation iPad mini, so we won’t have long to wait to discover if this is the real deal or not.
UPDATE: As we look at the images closer, the Apple logo is definitely a bit “off.” This could either go to the side of this being fake, or this potentially being a panel that was fished out of the “reject” pile.