The rear panel of what is reportedly Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is being courted around town, and it follows the same design language as the iPad mini: black anodized aluminum, thin profile, and rounded edges. This is probably the future of Apple’s bigger iPad lineup.

9to5Mac says the images are unverified, and come from a China-based iPad accessory maker. So are they authentic? They certainly look the part. When the iPad mini hit, the design was highly lauded as one of Apple’s best, so it’s no surprise the company would fashion the bigger model to look similar.

The above casing is nearly as thin as the iPad mini, the source said, so the overall footprint is going to shrink dramatically. When the device will hit is also a huge point of contention. We’ve heard report of March, while other speculation pegs a fall launch.  Throwing another cog into an actual release is the fact that the iPad 4 is set to get a storage boost up to 128GB

The Apple rumors are already coming thick and fast, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for anything else that hits.