Round of iPad Refreshes Expected for March
Apple is set to unveil a 5th generation iPad and 2nd generation iPad mini this spring. That news comes not from Apple, of course, but from Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets. The trusted industry analyst claims his sources and supply checks also indicate that a refresh is just around the corner.
Dating back to late December, the rumors of a new slate of iPads are heating up, particularly coming out of CES in Las Vegas this week where everyone has been set buzzing by the prospect of dazzling new tablet technologies. Although Apple's penchant for endeavoring to stay one step ahead of the competition is well-known, some would be surprised if Apple pulls the trigger on a refresh so soon after the last round of iPad launches.
"The iPad mini is essentially still brand new," tech industry analyst Mike Randazzo tells MMi on Friday morning. "I would expect an iPad 5 in the spring, but not an iPad mini 2 just yet." White suggests that an "iPad 5" would be thinner than the most recent model and deliver the A6X processor.
What could the new iPad mini offer so soon after the 1st gen release? The obvious answer is high-resolution Retina display. But even White isn't ready to say that Retina display is something the iPad mini 2 could deliver so early in 2013.
Nonetheless, there is a growing presence in the Asian supply chain that joins White in the belief that Apple will update both the full-size iPad and the iPad mini within the next two months.
, Apple Insider