Analyst: 5th Gen iPad & 2nd Gen iPad mini to Launch in March

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New iPads March 2013

Apple will launch an updated fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini this March, according a report Friday from Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, as reported by MacRumors. Mr. White based his prediction on information he obtained during this week’s CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A decision to release new iPads this spring would give weight to recent reports from other analysts that believe the Cupertino company is moving to a roughly six-month product cycle for the tablet line. Apple began this possible trend by releasing the fourth-generation iPad only seven months after the third-generation, breaking the once-per-year update cycle the company had traditionally followed.

Aside from indications that the fifth-generation iPad will be thinner and lighter, there are no reports on what other features can be expected in each tablet:

Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.

Should Apple move to a shorter release cycle for its iOS hardware line, the company would be better able to adapt to the still-developing tablet market. Although Apple arguably pioneered the product category, it is now facing stiff competition from Android- and Windows-based competitors whose products may not be as polished as the iPad but offer more features at lower prices.

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Comments

iJack

IPad mini with retina display, do you think? 
What else could they do with it?

wab95

My family and I are counting on this. It will speed up the transfer of my current iPad retina to my wife and her iPad to our daughter.

If this doesn’t happen in the spring, one father will come under pressure from his daughter to spring for a new iPad - a battle one father would rather not wage.

iJack:

As you know, there are rumours for and against RD on the Mini. I think it more likely than not, but the arguments against include compromises to current aspect ratio and app display. I personally haven’t bothered researching to see if that objection holds, but it has been made.

iJack

WAB ~ I’m scratching my head wondering what they could do to the mini.  I mean, what is missing, or defective, or out of date after such a short interval?

Mike

My guess is they will put the same processor as the iPhone 5 has in it. No retina display yet.

person

Thats nice I just get the ipad 4 and now there is a ipad 5 coming out. I just love apple and their six month release cycle. Also you know when you buy a apple product it will be out of date in six months time. Thats why google is stupid waiting a year to release something new.

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