In accordance with a new report which came out of East Asia, Apple will begin mass production of the fifth-generation iPad in July or August ahead of a third quarter launch. Therefore, a public release would more than likely land in September. If this information is true, there would not be any surprise if Apple held the next-gen iPhone and iPad events at the same time.
As sources quoted by DigiTimes stated, the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is predicted to embrace a thin-film-type touch panel solution in order to make it weight with 20-30% less than the fourth-generation model. Therefore, a 25% reduction in weight would help the fifth-generation model ending up at a mere 489 grams. Not only that, but it also appears that the future iPad will have an increased display area, due to the slim bezel design that it will adopt.
In addition to the rumors regarding the next iPad generation, there has also been much said about the iPad mini 2, although nothing has been confirmed by the company. According to recent news, fans of the iPad mini will have to wait a little longer as the device is being delayed, on purpose, by Apple.
Probably the reason why the company prefers to postpone the production of this tablet, is because it desires to avoid massive cannibalization of its larger tablet’s sales. However, there are also sources are claiming that the production of the iPad mini will be delayed because Apple’s supply chain has a difficult time meeting the original schedule.
It has been rumored that Apple will begin the production of its next generation iPad mini in November 2013, and CEO Tim Cook’s statement that the company’s new products will not be coming until September makes the predictions seem real. Judging by these suppositions, the launch of the new iPad mini will probably be either in December, or even next year.
As for the new features predicted for the next iPad mini, it seems that the device will receive a high-resolution Retina display, having a pixel density of 324 ppi. It is believed to have an 8 megapixels rear camera, and it might cost up to £269.
However, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predictions, both tablets will be launched in the third quarter, even though he believes that the fifth-generation iPad will have an earlier release, because of the development issues that the iPad mini apparently encountered.