The new Apple iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled on Oct 22 and it's rumored to be packed with changes, according to an Oct 15 report in “International Business Times”. To start with, it will be redesigned so that it's 17 millimeters thinner and up to .75 inches narrower than its forerunner.
The sources of this information are Chinese and Taiwanese vendors who were selling new iPad covers matching these dimensions over the weekend. So, if someone has a Smart Cover for their current iPad and is planning to upgrade to iPad 5, he or she will have to get a new cover because the current one won't fit, according to “Apple Insider”.
Why is Apple redesigning the geometry of the iPad 5?
Because Apple want to makes the iPad 5 lighter than its predecessor, which weighs 652 grams. To achieve this Apple is reducing its size and reportedly adopting Sharp's super-thin IGZO display, which will make the new iPad 5 thinner (as well as reduce power consumption so a charge last longer).
How much lighter can Apple make the iPad 5?
Quite a lot. The current iPad with Retina Display is 9.7 inches and weighs 652 grams. The Sony Xperia Z tablet (which runs Android's old 4.1 version) is 10.1 inches and weighs less than 500 grams. That's a lot of fat for Apple to trim.
If Apple continues its past pattern, the new iPad 5 will have the new A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and the M7 motion coprocessor, like the new iPhone 5s. These new features will bring desktop class processing power and speed to iPad 5—bringing near console-type gaming to tablets for the first time.
It's also rumored that the new iPad 5 will sport the same Touch ID fingerprint scanning that is one of the defining features of iPhone 5s. The iPad 5 is expected to came in the same colors as iPhone 5s—Gold, Silver and Space Gray.
While the iPad 5 is expected to be thinner and lighter, the iPad mini is reported to be slightly thicker and a hair heavier, according to Macotakara (a Japanese website with a very good track record on Apple products). This additional size and weigh is necessary for the larger battery that will be necessary to power the iPad mini's new Retina Display.