The photos are consistent with what we’re all expecting: essentially a scaled-up iPad Mini, with thinner bezels on the sides. The refresh is also expected to use the same film-based touch panel as the Mini, replacing the glass layer in previous full-size iPads, reducing both thickness and weight. We posted photos of what is believed to be the rear casing back in January and the display panel earlier this month.
The launch date is not yet known, but is expected in the final quarter of the year. While Bloomberg reports in passing that it expects Apple to announce “new versions of its iPhone and tablet” at the 10th September event, we’re expecting the event to be iPhone-focused while the iPad will be unveiled later – perhaps in October.
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