A leaked image, displayed on technology blog Tactus, appears to be of the rear casing of Apple's iPad 5, showing a component that boasts similar qualities to that of the iPad mini in terms of its design and size.
Posted on Monday, the image depicts the iPad 5 as having a 9.7in screen with some reports suggesting that Apple may be using a thinner LED backlight, which would make for a lighter design.
Reports also hint at a new Indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) display , which packs twice the resolution of a standard LCD screen, and has a 90 per cent power saving efficiency.
According to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPad 5 will probably be shipped during August-September time. Ming-Chi has also said that the iPad 5 will be running on an Apple A7X quad-core processor. He told International Business Times that: “We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0m, be 15 per cent thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25 per cent lighter than iPad 4.”
Following on from this, Ming-Chi said the device will feature multilayer-glass-based GF2 touch technology, which will also allow the iPad 5 to be thinner and sleeker.
Ming-Chi said Apple may release its iPad 5 with a thinner battery, which may help problems with short battery life found in previous models.
Apple CEO Tim Cook gives credence to the rumour that the iPad 5 will contain vastly upgraded software, noting at Apple’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday that: "Apple has many distinct and unique advantages as the only company [in] the world with world-class skill in hardware, software and services."
"Our teams are hard at work on some amazing hardware, software and services that we can't wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014," he revealed.