It is a little early to ramp up the iPad rumors, but... Ah, who am I kidding? It is never too early to ramp up iPad rumors. It appears someone with a video camera and a good speaking voice has gotten their hands on the front and rear panel of the next iPad. They are consistent with the parts we have already seen. The video is more than just a reveal of the parts, but a side-by-side comparison of the current iPad and the new one.
The side bezels are much reduced, making it possible to be gripped one-handed. It is marginally thinner than the current model, and a bit shorter in portrait orientation. Despite those changes, the screen size remains unchanged. It is expected that the finished product will be considerably lighter than the current iPad. All of these changes will make the iPad a lot more portable, and might give the iPad mini a serious run for its money.
The downside to the new, slimmer design is that you will definitely have to purchase all new cases and covers. Nothing made for previous generations of iPad will fit the new one, not even close. If you happen to be one of the many who are rocking a keyboard case or cover, forget about it. While the bluetooth keyboard will still work, the product simply will not fit the new design. You will have to be prepared to buy a new one. You can expect a long delay before new ones come out. That is because everything about the keyboard will have to be redesigned. Companies will have to go back to the drawing board.
That is not the worst of the news for us keyboard lovers. That nice, roomy keyboard you are used to, will also have to go on a diet. Because the new iPad will be physically smaller, the keyboard will have to be physically smaller. iPad keyboards are about to get a little more cramped. I'm pretty sure I will be able to deal with it, as I currently use an iPad mini keyboard. For me, it will be a step up. I expect Logitech and Zagg to get it right. Obviously, I will keep you informed as more information becomes available.