Kuo: Thinner, Lighter 5th-Gen iPad with iPad mini-Like Design Set for Fall Launch

Posted in Apple News, iPad on 22/01/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Late last week, we shared a report from KGI Security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in which the analyst claimed to share details about Apple’s 2013 product lineup. Among the details, Kuo (via AppleInsider) claimed that Apple’s 5th-generation iPad will be significantly thinner and lighter than the previous two models, launch this fall, and feature a a iPad mini-like bezel (as seen in the below mockup posted at 9to5Mac).


Apple specifically engineered improvements to iOS for the iPad mini, in order to make the firmware able to ignore accidental touches on the side of the screen when using the device one-handed. It’s likely that the same feature would be extended to the 5th-gen iPad if the rumor is accurate.

It’s worth noting that Kuo has an exceptional track record – he accurately predicted that Apple would launch a new full-size iPad before the end of 2012 (which surprised many users). The analyst also successfully predicted the release timeline for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, details and timing for the new 2012 iPod touches and iPod nanos (although a few details were off), and the ultra-thin 2012 iMacs.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.