iPad 5 to sport a brand new design

News Stacy Warden 07:44, Feb 22 2013

Apple's next iPad is rumored to undergo a serious makeover. Will it be enough to reignite interest?

By now you've likely heard ten thousand times over that Apple will launch a new iPad sometime this year (hell, it'll probably launch  more than one if we're taking last year's new product lineup into account). But this time around you may actually have a reason to ditch the old iPad in favor of the new.

According to Taiwan-based research firm TrendForce, Apple's iPad 5 will sport a completely new design from its predecessors in an attempt to reignite buyers' interest. Some staples will purportedly remain, like size, for one; the tablet is still expected to measure in at the full 9.7-inches. But size aside, it's supposed to look noticeably different. The hope here is that iPad owners will see it and have some sort of brand new interest -- that the iPad 5 will rekindle those old iOS flames all over again. 

So what exactly will be so different about this thing? The report suggests that it the iPad 5 will be lighter, more portable and will handle better, all around. TrendForce's Eric Chiou put's it like this: "The next generation of iPad will apply the thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad mini and use the narrow bezel panel design to solve the issue of larger volume, thickness, and weight that have been criticized to gain a better balance for consumers in mobility and visual experiences."

He also notes that we won't see a retina display upgrade until the next iPad, due to popularity and costs. Pricing is expected to remain the same (and thankfully so, as Apple's full-size tablets are already wildly expensive). The company is also expected to launch an iPad mini 2 and a new iPhone this year. Launch dates are all over the place, so we're just gonna leave that one alone until for now. Apple has yet to make any official announcements regarding its upcoming mobile devices, but we'll let you know as soon as it does.  

[Know Your Mobile]

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