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  • Will the Fifth-Generation iPad Launch This September?


    Rumors shedding light on the next-generation Apple-branded tablet have surfaced Monday morning suggesting that the fifth-generation iPad could be released as soon as this coming September. The future of the iPad Mini is still cloudy.

    Many rumors in the past have claimed that the next iPad will take design cues from the iPad Mini, giving the device a black anodized aluminum looks with a flatter design. This morning’s rumor, citing Digitimes, claims that the next-generation iPad will come with a thinner bezel, as well as one backlighting LED versus the regular two, and improved battery life:

    Quote Originally Posted by Digitimes
    In addition to the Retina Display, the new tablet features a slimmer bezel design to allow a bigger viewing area, while the number of LED tubes used for the device has been reduced from two to one, and battery longevity is also improved.
    It is likely that Apple will also consider a hardware upgrade for the internal chip too, although it's not brought up by the source. The latest technology in Apple's iPad is the A6X chip, so we would assume the next iPad could get an A7 or A7X chip following the usual pattern. The upcoming iOS 7 firmware upgrade brings a lot of new features, animations, and functions to iOS that better hardware could definitely compliment.

    Sources: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Will the Fifth-Generation iPad Launch This September? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. SnapIt's Avatar
      SnapIt -
      In addition to Retina Display? Uhhh ok since the current model already has a Retina Display
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Not really sure why the future of the mini is cloudy. It sold well and continues to sell. Im sure they'll make another one..this time with Retina as it should have already had it to begin with. iPad mini accounts for 60% of iPad sales in early 2013 | News | TechRadar
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Maybe I will finally get myself an iPad... Been waiting for so long... Just didn't want to get the first few generations... I think it's gonna be this generation for me...
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      Sounds like it should be named Ipad 3a!
    1. takenlife's Avatar
      takenlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Not really sure why the future of the mini is cloudy. It sold well and continues to sell. Im sure they'll make another one..this time with Retina as it should have already had it to begin with. iPad mini accounts for 60% of iPad sales in early 2013 | News | TechRadar
      He's talking about the features thats coming for the ipad mini. not the sales.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Not really sure why the future of the mini is cloudy. It sold well and continues to sell. Im sure they'll make another one..this time with Retina as it should have already had it to begin with. iPad mini accounts for 60% of iPad sales in early 2013 | News | TechRadar
      It's not that the future of the iPad Mini's market is cloudy, just that we don't know what Apple plans to do to improve it in the future.
    1. frankjc81's Avatar
      frankjc81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnapIt View Post
      In addition to Retina Display? Uhhh ok since the current model already has a Retina Display
      Huh?
    1. lilpetabread's Avatar
      lilpetabread -
      Quote Originally Posted by frankjc81 View Post
      Huh?
      In other words, "In addition to a Retina Display..." sounds as if the Retina Display is being considered a new feature.