Photos of the full case and the front panel from Apple’s next-generation iPad have both already leaked, and a new report further supports the notion that the fifth full-size iPad will take after the smaller iPad mini that debuted last fall. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s next iPad will use “same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light.” The report also states that the new iPad is currently in production at Apple’s Eastern suppliers. The next-generation iPad is expected to feature a complete design overhaul that adopts the design identity of the iPad mini. It will include a smaller and thinner overall footprint, rumors and leaks suggest, but it will maintain the same exact Retina display size as the current model thanks to a smaller bezel around the screen and the new touch technology noted by the Journal.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.