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Network World - The iOSphere equivalent of food-binging on potato chips is picture-binging on iPad front and rear housings. This week the binge binges on.
Still more photos purporting to be of the iPad 5 rear housing emerge. They “confirm” that the next iPad will indeed have a rear housing. One made of aluminum.
Also this week, new rumors that “confirm” the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will not be announced in September. And new rumors that “confirm” it will be. There is evidence and reasoning, though both fall somewhat short in the grand scheme of credibility.
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iPad 5 will have a back panel, photos prove
And they also “prove” that it will look like the iPad mini – with rounded sides and a front display “frame” or bezel that has narrower sides.
The newest photos, like nearly all of the other recent ones, were posted by Australian blogger Sonny Dickson. In an email to Network World, Dickson says he receives actual parts and then has them photographed. As usual in his posts, he gives no explanation about the components’ provenance, or whether he even knows their provenance himself.
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“We’re not quite sure what else Apple has in store for this new iPad,” Haselton confessed, with refreshing honesty. And looking again at Dickson’s posts, it’s apparent that we know even less than we think.
Dickson rarely comments on the photos: most of his posts are simply the photographs themselves and a headline, sometimes arranged in a gallery or slideshow.
What’s missing in information that he could provide: based on a quick review, The Rollup couldn’t find any Dickson post that mentions the dimensions of the either the “iPad 5” or the “iPad mini 2.” It’s an odd gap since he could simply measure the front and rear casings himself.
In the new post, Dickson says the latest photos and the recent front-panel photos together provide a great deal of perspective on what we can expect from the next iPad – namely a much thinner iPad mini-like design.” We could get even better perspective if he’d just whip out a tape measure.
Also missing is a side-by-side comparison of these purported next iPads with the current models: a simple step that would let readers instantly make comparisons. One recent post is headlined “iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 Rear Shells Pictured Side-By-Side” which suggests at least a comparison between the two upcoming models. Dickson makes that explicit: “You’ve no doubt already seen our leaked rear shells for both the iPad mini and 5th-gen iPad, and our exclusive images of the iPad 5 front panel. So, how can we make this even better? By comparing them side-by-side in high quality images, of course!”