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Panel for next-gen iPad purportedly leaks, shows iPad mini design influence [updated]

Next Generation iPad Leaked Picture

One of the most intriguing aspects of Apple’s next-generation iPad is how much it will incorporate the design of its popular iPad mini, especially its thinner side bezels. A new leaked photo posted by Chinese blog Apple.pro shows what is purportedly a panel for the new iPad that features a much wider display and thinner bezels than traditional iPad models. Apple reportedly plans to release its next-generation iPad this fall after it announces the iPhone 5S. Earlier rumors suggest that the new tablet will be between 25% and 33% lighter than its fourth-generation model. The leaked photo of the new iPad panel is posted below.

UPDATE: French website Nowhereelse, which has a strong track record with Apple-related leaks, claims that this is not the front of a next-generation iPad but is instead just an iPad mini digitizer.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.