Has a Big iPad 5 Size Hint Been Dropped?

Source: gumdropcases.comDoes a new case from a well-known Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) accessories maker prove that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will be even lighter and smaller than its predecessors? Gumdrop, a manufacturer of designer Apple product cases, has just released a smaller-size iPad 5 case.

The size of the case seems to be consistent with information from previously reported rumors that stated the iPad 5 will be approximately 15 percent thinner and 25-33 percent lighter than the previous generation of iPad. Gumdrop has even posted an interactive video with a 360-degree view that compares the reduced size of the latest iPad to the last generation of the device.

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This information also seems to be in line with the purported iPad 5 seen in a video uncovered by Apple Insider on the Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn. Similar to Gumdrop’s claims, this video supposedly shows an iPad 5 that is slightly thinner and narrower due to smaller bezels. The new style of bezels is reminiscent of Apple’s iPad mini design.

According to The New York Times, Gumdrop makes its covers in China, where the company likely gained its iPad size information from one of Apple’s local component suppliers. So just how reliable is this information?

Based on its previous record, Gumdrop has a 50 percent chance of being correct. The company once incorrectly predicted the design and launch date of the iPhone 5 before getting it right with its second prediction.

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If you like those odds, you can pick up one of Gumdrop’s three case designs from its official website. The cases range in price from $35 to $60.

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