Next Apple iPad coming in September with new Apple iPad mini right behind?
0. phoneArena 08 Jul 2013, 09:21 posted on
A published report on Monday cites sources from the upstream supply chain for the latest on the next iteration of both the Apple iPad and the Apple iPad mini; the report states that the fifth-generation Apple iPad will be introduced in September, and with upstream suppliers all ready for the production of the 9.7 inch slate, no changes to the specs are expected...
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1. wendygarett (unregistered)
There will be no iPad mini successor, consider the profit margin drive Apple down south...
even if they did, they won't release 16gb version...
5. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
In business, there is a huge learning curve in making a new device. Over time, the suppliers, the assembler(s), Apple all learn how to take out 10% to 30% of the cost.
Most of the savings comes from reducing waste, greater efficiency, engineering tweaks, minor changes in the assemblying process, etc. The same is true for building a car -- by the last model year, the automaker has learned how to make the highest quality car at a low cost.
Going back to Apple, if they keep the current format of the mini, and upgrade the guts of the device like a faster processor, more memory, a better battery, etc for the iPad Mini 2 ... their profit margin ACTUALLY increases, other things being equal.
I wouldn't hold my breath for retina display for the iPad Mini -- I have the Mini and IMO portability is the stronger seller point than retina display. Also, it took Apple 3 years to get retina display on the iPad due to battery life issue -- users want 10-hour life on a single recharge. While the PPI isn't the greatest on the iPad mini, it's more than acceptable for the education market that Apple is targeting.
2. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
I like Apple's design but their pride made the iPhone look so small and so last generations behind. At least the iPad and iTouch are fine.
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Still going too look the same. Like the rumor say iPad 5th gen will have the iPad minI looks. So no REAL CHANGES.
6. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The weight saving on the iPad 5 using the mini's structure is going to be a huge game changer!!! Looks like were no going to see eye to eye on this issue.
I didn't buy the first gen. iPad because it was a bit heavy; I did buy a refurbished iPad 2 because it was thinner and lighter. If you hold the iPad in your arms for some time, your arms will get tired. I may upgrade to the iPad 5 if the thinness and weight savings are that significant over the retina display iPad 4. Right now my iPad 2 still works flawless -- I am on the leaderboard on lots of the games that I play. As much as I love the iPad Mini, I enjoy the bigger display on the iPad for gaming -- but, that is a personal preference.
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 12664; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Bring these beauties on. I'm ready to purchase, iPad 5 for me, and a mini 2 for the mrs.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8923; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I actually want to get a iPad 5. Once I get my MacBook Pro (I'll need it for med school), I'll be one happy camper.
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12664; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'm rocking the 3, and ready to Craigslist it and upgrade Smurf. I offered it to my fiancé, and the look I got said it all lol.
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 12664; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good luck with med school too bro. That's admirable..
Paging Dr. Smurf lol.
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I actually can't wait for the iPad 5. I was very impressed with the iOS 7 announcement, aside from the neon-like colors, and really thought they made some great improvements. Though I would still keep Android for my phone, I wouldn't mind having an iPad for media consumption, because the iPad's ecosystem is much better than Android tablets at this point.
Also, the iPad 5 will hopefully bring really ground breaking performance, it'll need it now that it's finally multitasking. Quad core Apple Swift and PowerVR Rogue, anyone?
7. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Another month, another Digitimes prediction.
They've been saying the iPad would come out "soon", every month since April.