Is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation of iPad getting a new microphone? More rumors continue to emerge from the Japanese blog Macotakara, and this one concerns the fifth generation of the iPad.
According to Macotakara’s insider sources, the next iteration of Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad will feature a microphone on the back. The author of the blog notes that this feature was originally going to be installed on the iPad mini but was later removed for unknown reasons.
The placement of the microphone would most likely be near the rear-facing camera, which would mirror the design of the iPhone 5. Macotakara’s sources also indicated that the fifth-generation iPad “may support standard SIM [subscriber identity module]” or possibly only SIM data. Several of Apple’s earlier iPad models only supported micro-SIM cards, while Wi-Fi models have no SIM capability.
Macotakara’s sources state that the fifth-generation iPad will ship sometime after the iPhone 5S. Many supply chain analysts believe that the iPhone 5S will be shipped sometime this fall.
Previous rumors about the iPad 5 have predicted that the thickness of the device will be almost identical to the iPad mini, which would suggest that some significant changes to the device’s internals would also be necessary. Some analysts have suggested that a thinner iPad profile could be achieved by incorporating “GF Ditto” or GF2 touchscreen technology.
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