A few days back, Unbox Theory posted a video on YouTube comparing the alleged back and front panels of the new iPad with that of the current iPad, clearly showing how the fifth-generation iPad would be much narrower and feature a form factor similar to that of the iPad mini.
The same user has now posted a new video in which he compares the purported back shell of the next-generation iPad mini with that of the alleged casing of the fifth-generation iPad and the current iPad mini.
The next-generation iPad mini looks pretty similar to the current iPad mini except that the Apple logo on the back sports a Silver mirror finish instead of Black just like the alleged next-generation iPad. The alleged next-generation iPad mini has the same dimensions but the video mentions that it's likely to feature a Retina display.
As per the video, the iPad mini 2 is 13.5cm wide and 20cm tall, while the alleged next-generation iPad is 17cm wide and 24cm tall. The thickness of the new iPad mini is almost similar to the fifth-generation iPad, as seen in the video.
A number of rumours including a report by the credible Wall Street Journal, have suggested that Apple is modelling its next-generation iPad on the iPad mini in terms of design and form factor. The WSJ report suggested that the new iPad will feature the same touch-panel technology that's seen in the iPad mini, making it thin and light, and adds that Apple intends to use the film-based touch panel used in the iPad mini instead of the glass-based one that is sported by the full-sized iPad.Pictures of alleged back panels of the next-generation iPad and iPad mini had also appeared online on a website. The iPad mini panel looked similar to the rear housing of the current iPad mini in the images, however, the Apple logo on the casing had been carved out and not just printed on the panel. Apart from this, the housing was not much different from that of the current iPad mini. The picture had also revealed that the casing would not have the 'iPad' branding.