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

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

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).

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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.

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