As a highly expected September release date of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) fifth generation iPad, dubbed the iPad 5, is approaching, a new set of photos, claimed to be that of the new iPad’s digitizer, reveal some specifications of the yet-to-be-announced flagship device.
Macfixit, an Australian repair company, has claimed to have obtained a front panel and digitizer of the iPad 5 and has put it on sale for $200. The component’s availability status is currently shown as “out of stock.”
The company’s product description of the alleged iPad 5 part reads: “So it looks like we've got a preview of the replacement screen for the iPad 5 which is not even out yet!”
The photos of the leaked iPad 5 component show narrower side bezels and a pair of flex cables along the long edges of the panel that end in connectors around the same position, which is seen on the current iPad model.
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Here are the key changes on the alleged iPad 5 front panel, which are highlighted by the Macfixit listing:
- The display area is the same as the Retina iPad model.
- The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.
- The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.
- There are now two connectors instead of one.
- The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like in the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like in the iPhone 4/5).
The front panel also carries a part number -- 821-1892-02 -- that matches the format that Apple uses on many of its iOS device components, MacRumors reported. And, rumors are rife that Apple’s next 9.7-inch iPad will borrow design aesthetics from the iPad mini to become thinner.
A pair of photos of the iPad 5’s front bezel surfaced in April, suggesting that the new tablet’s design will be inspired by the iPad mini. A similar leak took place last week, when a video showed the alleged front panel and back shell of the iPad 5 assembled together.
If Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, is to be believed, Apple is expected to release the iPad 5 in early September. According to Kuo, the new 9.7-inch tablet will be the "highlight of iPad in 2013," as the much-awaited 7.9-inch Retina iPad mini 2 with an A7 SoC could be delayed until next March or April.