Here’s a bit of juicy news for you Apple fans out there. While the new iterations of the iPad and iPad Mini haven’t been officially revealed, sneak-peak photos show a thinner back body. Why would Apple slim down its tablet line? The only reason you’d want to reduce a form factor is if the material composition can be structurally sound while minimizing weight and bulk. According to this spy report from The Full Signal, that’s exactly what Apple did — and, not surprisingly, they chose aluminum to make it happen:

New photos of Apple’s iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 have popped up online, showing off the rear shell for each device. While much of this similar to the leaks we’ve already seen for these tablets, the iPad 5 actually looks closer in size to the iPad mini, likely due to its thinner bezel.

Current rumors indicate that Apple’s iPad 5 will be both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and will also include a faster processor. The newest tablets will run on Apple’s newest version of its ever popular operating system; iOS 7.

The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch dates haven’t been pegged yet, but it’s likely we’ll see them both sometime this fall. It’s very unlikely that they’ll launch with the newest iPhone, so an October release is more likely — perhaps just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Head on over to The Full Signal’s report to take a closer look at the new iPad body shells. Of course, as spy reports go, you didn’t hear this from us.