Black iPad 5 Front Panel and Digitizer Assembly Appears in New Photos

Back in April, a pair of photos surfaced showing what was claimed to be a white front panel from Apple’s fifth-generation iPad, showing narrower side bezels as had been rumored as part of a redesign inspired by the iPad mini. A brief video that surfaced over this past weekend also appeared to show the next-generation iPad’s front panel and digitizer paired with a rear shell.

Now, a new listing at parts and repair firm Macfixit Australia includes a number of photos of a similar part, which the company’s supplier says is a genuine front panel and digitizer for the fifth-generation iPad.

The part shows the same narrower side bezels seen in previous leaks, as well as a pair of flex cables running along one of the long edges of the panel and ending in connectors in roughly the same location seen on both the current iPad and in the leaked photo from last weekend. The connectors are different from those seen in current and previous full-size iPads, but Apple has been rumored to be making a number of technological changes in order to achieve the smaller form factor expected for the upcoming iPad, revisions which could necessitate a significant change in connector design.

Our supplier claims this is the new iPad 5 Screen/Digitizer:

– The display area is the same as the iPad Retina.

– The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.

– The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.

– There is now 2 connectors instead of 1.

– The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).

Stamped on the front panel is a part number of 821-1892-02, which matches the format used by Apple on many of its iOS device components.

Apple is expected to introduce the fifth-generation iPad as soon as next month, with an updated iPad mini rumored to be following fairly soon after.

(Thanks, Martin!)


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New Photos of the Black iPad 5 Front Panel and Digitizer Assembly

Back in April, a pair of photos surfaced showing what was claimed to be a white front panel from Apple’s fifth-generation iPad, showing narrower side bezels as had been rumored as part of a redesign inspired by the iPad mini. A brief video that surfaced over this past weekend also appeared to show the next-generation iPad’s front panel and digitizer paired with a rear shell.

Now, a new listing at parts and repair firm Macfixit Australia includes a number of photos of a similar part, which the company’s supplier says is a genuine front panel and digitizer for the fifth-generation iPad.

The part shows the same narrower side bezels seen in previous leaks, as well as a pair of flex cables running along one of the long edges of the panel and ending in connectors in roughly the same location seen on both the current iPad and in the leaked photo from last weekend. The connectors are different from those seen in current and previous full-size iPads, but Apple has been rumored to be making a number of technological changes in order to achieve the smaller form factor expected for the upcoming iPad, revisions which could necessitate a significant change in connector design.

Our supplier claims this is the new iPad 5 Screen/Digitizer:

– The display area is the same as the iPad Retina.

– The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.

– The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.

– There is now 2 connectors instead of 1.

– The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).

Stamped on the front panel is a part number of 821-1892-02, which matches the format used by Apple on many of its iOS device components.

Apple is expected to introduce the fifth-generation iPad as soon as next month, with an updated iPad mini rumored to be following fairly soon after.

(Thanks, Martin!)


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Purported iPad 5 Front Panel Leaks With New Design [Update]

We already have a pretty good idea of what the fifth-generation iPad will look like, thanks to the many rumors and leaked parts that we’ve seen in recent months. And the latest, a purported front panel with a new design, reinforces those expectations.

Apple is expected to follow the iPad mini’s gorgeous form factor for the iPad 5, introducing thinner bezels down the sides of the display and a significantly thinner frame. This leaked front panel fits that description perfectly.

The picture was uploaded to Photobucket and first spotted by Chinese website Apple.pro. Although we cannot confirm it is genuine, it certainly looks pretty convincing. It shows the front panel’s new design, as well as the flex cable that connects the digitizer to the logic board.

According to Apple.pro, Apple will unveil the iPad 5 alongside iOS 7 at WWDC next month, however, we can’t imagine it’ll arrive before this fall.

UPDATE: Turns out this front panel doesn’t just look like an iPad mini front panel — it is an iPad mini front panel, as spotted by French website NowhereElse. It’s hard to tell without anything else in the image to compare the size.

Source: Photobucket

Thanks: D. Haun

The post Purported iPad 5 Front Panel Leaks With New Design [Update] appeared first on Cult of Mac.

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New Photo Shows Rear of iPad 5’s Narrower Front Bezel and Digitizer

Taiwanese blog Apple.pro, which has on a number of occasions discovered photos of parts from upcoming Apple products, has shared a new photo [Google translation] of what is claimed to be the front panel and digitizer assembly for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad.

The photo, which was posted to a Photobucket account, shows the rear of the part and includes the ribbon cable for the digitizer. Photos of the front of a similar part leaked last month, and both parts are consistent with claims that the upcoming iPad will see a redesign taking inspiration from the iPad mini with narrower side bezels.

It is possible that this could simply be an iPad mini part, but it does appear to be a slightly larger version of that part, appropriate for the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch display.


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