This seems to be confirmed by several images that appeared on Monday on Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba.
The site posted listings of cases for an iPad 5, all strongly resembling the iPad mini design.
In addition, there is a hole at the top center of the casings and they appear much thinner.
Last week, accessory maker MiniSuit projected a new case for the iPad 5, based on information that has leaked on the net.
The case seemed to confirm that the design of the future Apple tablet will be modeled on that of the iPad mini.