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12-23-2012, 09:43 PM #1
Redesigned Fifth-Generation iPad Expected in March
According to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple is supposedly in the middle of preparing a thinner and lighter fifth-generation iPad model ahead of a March unveiling. This would be shooting for a release just five months after the most recent version was released in October. Citing people who claim to be familiar with the issue, the Japanese blog claims the 9.7-inch tablet will surface in March with a new look more in line with the iPad mini.
As far as details go, the exact dimensions of the purported iPad weren’t revealed but the sources did expect the tablet to be thinner and lighter than its current iteration. This seems to be the case with most Apple products as designs in general have been trending toward shrinking the device while cramming in as much technology as possible. With the third and fourth-generation iPad, the chassis was actually slightly thicker than its predecessor as more internal space was required to hold the unit’s Retina display.
Although the rumor fits in well with recent whispers of Apple moving to an aggressive half-year product refresh cycle, the company usually works with a year-long rotation for its iDevice lines since their respective introductions. The only exception to that so far has been the fourth-generation iPad which debuted half a year after its predecessor. No mention was made of the 9.7-inch model’s internal specifications, but the publication did point out the iPad mini was already in the works. As of right now, rumor has it that the smaller tablet will be fitting an all-new 7.9-inch Retina display over hand-me-down specs such as the A6X currently found in the full-size iPad. No prospective launch timeline has been established though.
Ultimately, we’ll just have to be patient to see what Apple is up to.
Source: Mac Otakara via AppleInsider
12-23-2012, 09:52 PM #2
So it'll be a bigger iPad mini o.O lol and a iPad mini with a retina…GENIUS lol Jk
12-23-2012, 10:08 PM #3
Steve Jobs would not approve.
12-23-2012, 10:10 PM #4
12-23-2012, 10:10 PM #5
Leave it 1 year! Not this 5month bullsh*t
12-23-2012, 10:29 PM #6
I know many will whine about the "new" mini when it's released with the retina, A6x ect ect and say that's the mini they should of released first. Yeah sure it was but it will be an awesome little iPad and I will for sure buy at east one to add to my OiPad and current mini. I will most likely pass my other iPad onto my brothers family and pic up another iPad of some type so every one wins.
12-23-2012, 11:09 PM #7
I just cant see any reason why Apple would be switching to a 6 month refresh cycle. It makes no sense.
12-23-2012, 11:23 PM #8
12-24-2012, 12:56 AM #9
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12-24-2012, 02:33 AM #10
Why do you call it a rumor the iPad mini will have retina and at least an a6x processor, that is for certain.
12-24-2012, 03:32 AM #11
and another one...
12-24-2012, 04:10 AM #12
Thats the problem with Apple now. They are greedy and want it all.
Because of that they will loose it all and it'll all be their own fault.
12-24-2012, 05:26 AM #13
Too bad Steve jobs would have died
12-24-2012, 06:23 AM #14
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12-24-2012, 07:22 AM #16
What is it going to be called? The next new iPad? The new, new iPad.
I'm guessing it'll be something original. "The iPad".
12-24-2012, 07:38 AM #17
It will emulate the current iPad mini as far as external hardware. Hoping that they make the bezel just as thin on the sides as well. I look at my iPad VS my iPad mini and the bezel is ugly to me. Other than that i like the iPad 4 with Retina display. Can't wait to see the new one.
12-24-2012, 08:02 AM #18
Is this for real??? Why so soon, I didnt even break in my ipad 3 and already 5th gen, wont this hurt apple sales and stocks??
12-24-2012, 08:34 AM #19
Let's see, no jailbreaks and thinner devices every 6 months with no new features. There's nothing to see here folks! Move on now!
12-24-2012, 09:24 AM #20
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