Apple iPad 5 & iPad mini 2 rumor round-up: release date, price and features
Last update: 21/10/2013
With the year drawing to an end, some of you may be falsely mislead into thinking that there's nothing left to look forward to as the holidays approach. This is one of thew few times that you're lucky to be wrong, for if nothing else – we still have the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 on our radar.
Apple hasn't been doing so well on the rumors front lately, having their iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s leaked in great detail long before the actual unveiling. The same didn't necessarily apply to the new iPads in the beginning – we had a pretty good idea of what the tablets will look like, but much of the rest remained shrouded in mystery. With October 22nd and Apple's event fast approaching, however, things have changed and we now have a bunch of extra information that we didn't just a few short weeks back. Given Apple's adherence to tradition, history says that the release date for the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 will take place on the second Friday after their introduction, or November 1st, meaning that in about 10 days, we'll start seeing people lining up at Apple's brick & mortar stores.
Here's what we do know
For starters, we do have a pretty good (and quite extensive) idea of what the 9.7-inch iPad 5 and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 tablet will end up looking like, which is, arguably, one of the more important aspects of the entire package.
The iPad 5 is set to come bearing quite a resemblance to the iPad mini as far as design goes. This probably falls into the “well, duh!” category, but we also have a very good reason to believe that the new iPad will be thinner (7.35mm down from the iPad 4's 9.4mm), lighter, with slimmer bezels, and just generally more compact. That's a very welcome change, and we're sure we're talking for most of you – the iPad 4 sure could use some dieting. Since the iPad's more petite sibling has obviously won the design war inside Apple, it goes without saying that the iPad mini 2 will remain virtually unchanged visually.
But the similarities between the design of the iPad 5 and the iPad mini don't end with an almost identical-looking outer shell. Instead, they go deeper – the leaks so far indicate that the new Apple slate will also feature a set of stereo speakers on the bottom, and a slight redesign of the volume keys, which are now separated, in tune with the design of the iPad mini and the (newer) iPhones. Speaking of the new iPhones, we've also had our first indication that a golden iPad 5 may make an appearance, though this one may not necessarily take after the iPhone 5s' champagne looks.
What's even more, in spite of a number of conflicting reports, we've also finally gotten a tad more robust confirmation that Apple's proprietary Touch ID fingerprint sensor will indeed make an appearance with the iPad 5. With a little luck, the images of the iPad mini 2's Touch ID sensor will also pan out, though it has been suggested several times that it may, after all, be left out.
But, wait! There's more: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who's fairly good with Apple predictions) also claims that the new iPads will feature an upgraded, 8-megapixel camera with a larger aperture, up from the largely outdated 5-megapixel f/2.4 snapper that's been on iPads big and small since the iPad 3. Whether we're talking the unit on the iPhone 5s, or the one found on the iPhone 5/5c remains to be seen though. While still on the topic of analysts, it's probably also worth mentioning that due to the dimension changes that the iPad 5 will introduce, a new Smart Cover is guaranteed to be in the works, and as much has been hinted by Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian J. White. Analysts do dig Apple big time, meaning that you're not getting off that easily: according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, the iPad mini 2 will outsell the larger iPad 5 by a 2 to 1 margin. Daryanani, however, is concerned about the possibility that Apple may not be able to meet the demand for the compact slate, a topic which we've been hearing a lot about these past few months.
Here's what we don't really know for sure
Not everything is as clear cut as the design of the new iPads, however, meaning that we're on our own with the very best guesttimates we can muster and piece together.
Moving past the new iPad's speculated release date, the next most popular question involves the price of the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. This seems a tad easier to predict, as Apple has been pretty uniform when it comes to pricing their iPads. If history proves to be a good reference point, then we should expect to see the iPad 5 come with a price tag starting at $499 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version, going all the way up to $929 for the 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE model. Similarly, we expect the price of the iPad mini 2 to come in at $329 for the cheapest 16GB, Wi-Fi only version, rising all the way up to $659 for the 64GB LTE version.
Another rumor, courtesy of KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, claims that Apple will be using the same “GF Ditto” technology for the iPad 5, which has helped make the iPad mini 23% thinner than its 9.7-inch sibling in the past.
On the iPad mini 2 front things are similarly obfuscated, since reports have been conflicting each other for several months now. In case you're a little foggy on the specifics, the current 7.9-inch iPad mini has to make do with 1024x768 pixels, or 162 ppi -- a pixel density that has grown kind of obsolete even in the non-premium sector. You probably see where this is going -- this notion has sprung a bunch of rumors that the new iPad mini 2 will debut with a higher resolution (2048x1536) display. Unfortunately, things haven't been clear cut to say the least, as a number of reports have claimed (and continue to) that due to low yields, Apple's supply chain has been unable to produce enough screens that meet both Apple's standard and demand, meaning that the iPad mini 2 may come without a new display after all. The consensus at the office, however, seems to be that a new display is pretty much guaranteed, seeing as even smaller-sized rival slates have pretty much leapfrogged Apple's iPad mini in this particular domain. As a side note, do keep in mind that a new, higher-resolution screen may add extra bulk and weight to the iPad mini 2, much the same way it did with the iPad 3 when it made the transition to a sharper display.
Processor and other features
As far as the processor on the iPad 5 goes, we're obviously expecting Apple to continue the evolution of its in-house designed family of SoCs – the A5X in the iPad 3 and the A6X in the iPad 4. Could we see an A7X in the iPad 5? Certainly sounds plausible, and if that's the case, you can probably rest assured that it will be Apple's South Korean archrival that will be manufacturing it.
As we mentioned in the beginning -- Apple has managed to keep the lid on the new iPads, at least as far as internals go. This is forcing us to to play the guesstimate game when it comes to the iPad mini 2's chispet, too. The 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 chipset that you'll find on the iPad mini, like the display, is similarly overdue for an upgrade. This leads us to believe that Apple may opt to use the A6/A6X SoC that power the iPhone 5/iPad 4 respectively, or even the Apple A7 that has torpedoed the iPhone 5s to the top of the charts. Given Apple's track record, we're leaning towards the former -- Apple loves its margins and these are kept healthy if the tech behemoth can re-purpose hardware that it already has access to.
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1. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'll be waiting to pick this puppy, and a mini2 up too. Bring em on apple.
3. saffant (Posts: 211; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
I never understood fanboys; still don't, and i don't think I ever will.
6. bucky (Posts: 1343; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
So he is a fanboy because he said he is buying an iPad ?
I think true fanboys get hurt when someone chooses something other than what they like. Perfect example is you actually
16. saffant (Posts: 211; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Nope. Not at all actually. In fact I get "hurt" when I hear people blinding parading behind some company that only cares about their $$. Trust me.. I hold the same stance (in terms of enthusiasm and "bias") for Apple or Google or Samsung or anyone really.
If you read his other posts, it's quite evident that he's quite a big Apple fanboy. Why? I'm not sure. Now if he just liked their products, then that's fine, but he tends to antagonize Android WHICH makes him a fanboy for Apple lol.
27. User72042 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)
yes I'm apple fanboy,But Darkk says the truth,I totally Appreciate whatever he says,If you just look at post #15 you'll realize that what you said is off-the-wall
21. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
and he got 8 likes for hating on darkk? where they do that at?
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lol g2g, it doesn't even matter lol. See post #7 bro. +1
25. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6251; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
He have the same iPad from last year.
7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I couldn't care less what you don't understand. My wife and I want em, my wife and I are getting em. Understand that troll.
14. JunitoNH (Posts: 865; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I guess he wants you to pick a Xoom or a plastic Nexus 7.
15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly, and those are good tablets, but we want what we want. What's wrong with that, ya know? +1
18. saffant (Posts: 211; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Of course not. If you're buying a tablet, it depends on your needs. If you're buying for multimedia purposes, then iPad is a disaster.
However, for apps, iPad takes the cake.. without a doubt.
22. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
hell yeah haha let darkk buy what he wants... geez! i guess in a perfect world we all should have android devices.
28. User72042 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)
My comment's main objective is in your comment,((Let people buy what they want))..you're not hitler lol
17. saffant (Posts: 211; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
That's great, but perhaps go easy on the Android hate.
12. amats69 (Posts: 1018; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
So in that case...You will never understand yourself.....
2. bucky (Posts: 1343; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I have been waiting for a better version of the mini. My iPad 3 is still good but monopolized by my wife now :/
Better get used to that dark lol
4. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
The best tablet of the year! So beautiful! So sexy! iPad 5 ftw
5. Commentator (Posts: 2340; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
You can tell this article was written by someone other than Alan because it doesn't mention colors.
The black iPad Mini is the best looking tablet I've ever seen. If they ditch that for "Space" Gray I'll be deeply and emotionally SCARRED.
9. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I was really looking forward to upgrading my ipad this year, but I don't think I can handle ios7. Finally saw it in person and I'm sure most people love its just not my cup of tea. Maybe it's Apple offers a different theme or skin later on, but for now... Is gonna be the Note 10.1 this Christmas.
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I think the note 10.1 will be a great tablet, enjoy it WM.
19. geekpilot (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)
Personally, Apple will need to do a bit more than shave off a few millimeters and add a faster chip to persuade me to shell out several hundred dollars to upgrade from the iPad 3 that I only bought 18 months ago, and which I'm quite happy with. A few features that I'd like to see:
1. Ability to add a keyboard dock (not a Bluetooth keyboard that requires a separate charger)
2. An embedded stylus with a fine tip to enable accurate sketches and drawings. I find the fat tip styluses currently available infuriating to use.
3. Embedded SD card support
4. Ability to add a bluetooth mouse or trackpad, for those of us who use the iPad with a keyboard and find it awkward when doing so to use touch gestures for certain activities.
5. A centralized file system that makes it easier to share files between apps
I realize that Apple is unlikely ever to offer any of these options, but doesn't stop me dreaming.
20. jack123 (Posts: 50; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
That's not happening, the way you described just like u want macbook touch and can run the same app as ipad.
26. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
If there is no retina display for the new mini, you should buy the old mini for a cheaper price. Or a Nexus 7.
29. taojj (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
IPad 5 - A7 64-Bit chip, 2 GHz Dual Core Chip, Quad Core GPU (Power VR 6 Series) Touch ID, Slightly Bigger Battery, 1 Gb RAM, 32Gb, 64Gb, 128 Gb, 8 MP Camera, LTE band 13, Wi-fi a/b/g/n, Ratina Display
Ipad Mini - A6, 32-Bit chip, 1.4 GHz Dual Core, Pover VR 5 Series, Touch ID, Slightly Bigger Battery,1 Gb RAM, 16 Gb, 32 Gb, 64 Gb, 5 MP Camera, LTE band 13, Wi-fi a/b/g/n, Ratina Display
30. TylerGrunter (Posts: 891; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I would put my money on A7X chip for the iPad 5, with improved GPU and memory channels.
I agree on the rest.
32. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
they should call this site apple arena, not a hater . just would like a site that is a little objective about all the products. they announce the new ipad like its the second coming. phone arena you have loss a lot of respect from anyone who knows electronics.
34. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Getting sick of seeing that the mini wont have a retina display. It would make no since to upgrade if it didn't..