Photos of alleged iPad 5 front panel with iPad mini-like design leaked online

The photographs show a glass panel that apparently belongs to a fifth-generation iPad

Photographs of what appears to be the front panel of Apple's upcoming fifth-generation iPad have surfaced online this week, with the purported leaked part shown in the photos hinting that the iPad 5 will have an iPad mini-like design.

French site Nowhereelse.fr published the photos on Wednesday, claiming that the images offer "the first concrete evidence that the production of the iPad 5 has actually begun."

The site says that the photos were sent in by a Chinese source, but also highlights that the shown part could belong to a knockoff of Apple's tablet.

If the leaked images prove to be legitimate, the iPad 5 will have design elements reminiscent of the iPad mini, such as thinner side bezels and slimmed down proportions.

While the new photographs are in-keeping with rumours that suggest the next-generation full-size iPad will resemble an over-grown iPad mini, reports this week claim that the iPad 5 has been delayed from its expected April unveiling, and won't enter production until July or August.

SEE: New iPad 5 release date, rumours and leaked images

See also:

iPad 5 rumours: Apple's thinner, lighter 10in iPad to adopt thin-film touch panels used for iPad mini

iPad 5 patent: inductive Smart Cover contains battery

New renderings compare iPad 5 with iPad 4, iPad mini, iPhone 5

Images of possible iPad 5 back plate leaked from China

New iPhone 5S: three colours, two sizes and a low-cost model, claims

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Ashleigh Allsopp

Macworld U.K.

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