updated 08:45 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
Next iPad to be as thin as current iPad mini; expected early next month
An unusually professional and well-spoken YouTube poster has issued a video comparing and analyzing what he claims are back casings for the second-generation iPad and iPad mini. While the alleged next-generation iPad mini shell appears to have identical dimensions to the existing one, the more interesting comparison came when comparing it to the alleged next-generation full-size iPad shell, as the two appear to be the same thickness. If authentic, the next full-size iPad will largely be a larger version of the iPad mini -- though whether the next iPad mini will sport a Retina-style display remains an open question.
The shell for the full-size iPad has been leaked and speculated on since the beginning of the year, but the video is the first time back plates from both the current and future iPad and iPad mini have been visibly measured. For the next full-size iPad to retain its own Retina display and battery life and yet now fit into a dramatically thinner case -- particularly after the company actually thickened the third- and fourth-generation iPads to accommodate those resources -- will be a remarkable feat of engineering.
The new iPads are not expected to be announced at next week's iPhone event, though of course nothing is certain -- and the wording on the press invitation for the September 10 event could be interpreted as foreshadowing the addition of a Retina display to the iPad mini, which went to market nearly 11 months ago with a standard 1024x768 display. Current wisdom has Apple debuting the latest iPads later this month or early next, just weeks shy of a year after the last iPad announcement.