Is this the cover of the iPad 5?

Latest suspect image shows tablet facia

A leaked image, supposedly showing the front of the next iPad, has leaked onto the internet

The latest Apple leak is likely to bring a shiver of excitement to iPad fans, as it shows the company could already be assembling the next iteration.

A picture, supposedly of the new white facia of the iPad 5, has been leaked to French site

What's particularly interesting about the image is the design appears to mimic the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini with a narrower bezel running down the sides of the facia.

The picture was supposedly handed over by a mole working on the manufacturing of the new tablet in China.

Apple is certain to release a new iPad later this year, and if this photo is genuine then production is already well underway for the next arrival.

No release date for an iPad 5 has been mentioned, but the general consensus is that we could see Cupertino release the fifth iteration in mid-2013 - possibly in July or August.

For all the latest news, rumours and gossip on what the next iPad might be, check out our full iPad 5 rumours round-up.

Source: via Engadget