- Picture: Nowhereelse.fr
New iPad Schematics have been leaked onto the Internet and show a device that's slightly thicker than the current Mini version.
The device is also a lot thinner than the current 9.7-inch Apple tablet, according to this schematic that was leaked by French site Nowhereelse.fr. The 5th generation iPad has been rumored to feature a similar design to the Mini model for quite some time.
No information on the new full-sized iPad has been confirmed at this time so the measurements that derived from the schematic should be taken with a grain of salt.
These new claims fall right in line with a report released from tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in April. He predicted that iPad 5 will be 15 percent thinner and 25 percent lighter than the current version.
"The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25 percent lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4's (front HD, rear 5MP)," wrote Kuo in his report. "The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini's."
Apple will also adopt the same GF2 touch technology used in the iPad Mini, which will enable the company to design a thinner display for the new full-size iPad, according to Kuo's report. New and more efficient chip technologies are also expected to bring down the tablet's price.
"We therefore think that iPad 5's battery capacity will be 25-30 percent smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4's, and the battery's thickness will be 15-20 percent smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three," wrote Kuo.
The A7X chip will take advantage of Samsung's 28-nanometer process node. This contradicts previous reports that stated Apple will shift most of its chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Kuo believes that shift will occur later down the line.