So it's that time of the year again (when is it NOT that time of the year ...). Word on the street has it that the forthcoming iPad 5 (the "newer new new iPad with Retina Display"?) is currently in the prototype stages with the back plate pictured below (as supplied by 9to5Mac) having been snatched up from a supposed leak in the supply chain. If this is indeed the iPad 5 back plate, it's taken quite a few design cues from the current gen iPad mini (ok, it's taken ALL of its design cues from the iPad mini). Interestingly enough, the previously ginormous bezels of iPads 1, 2 and 3 are now purportedly being reduced to pinky-like widths. The iPad 5 should also be quite a bit thinner than its current full-bodied incarnation, which begs the question as to how Apple can manage to maintain the same legendary 10-hr battery life in that slim of a form factor. Some point to the adoption of super thin IGZO displays as one of the answers.
We're hearing that the iPad 5 is looking at an October release this year, but only time will tell! For now, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be ready to put out something like this beaut once we get enough details to pull the trigger!