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Next-generation Apple iPad to start mass production as early as next month

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Next-generation Apple iPad to start mass production as early as next month
We've heard so much about the Apple iPad mini that it seems that the next-generation of the full-sized Apple iPad has been all forgotten about. But according to the infamous Taiwan based supply chain makers, production of the next 9.7 inch iPad will start in earnest beginning in July or August with Q3 shipments estimated to be 5 million units. The fifth-generation Apple iPad is expected to use a thin-film touch panel that will cut the weight of the unit by 20% to 30%. Reducing the bezel will give the screen more viewing real-estate and you can expect to see a modest change in the industrial design of the tablet.

Thanks to the fifth-generation iPad, Apple is expected to ship 8 million units of its 9.7 inch tablets in the third quarter with a gain in the fourth quarter thanks to the holiday season. But it isn't all good news for Apple as the buzz around the water cooler suggests that the next iteration of the Apple iPad mini will be delayed with mass production dropped back from September to November. The reason for the delay might have something to do with Apple's marketing strategy. The Cupertino based tech titan feels that sales of its 9.7 inch tablet, which is more profitable than the iPad mini, were negatively affected last year by the 7.9 inch smaller version and does not want to see that repeated. As a result, Apple would like to give its larger sized tablet a chance to perform on its own at first, and has focused on the 9.7 inch iPad for 2013.

Not everyone is convinced that this is the reason for the delay and some are blaming the inability of the supply-chain to deliver components on schedule as the reason for the delay in production of the iPad mini.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 04 Jun 2013, 01:28 2

1. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)


iPad sales is declining.
Samsung FTW.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 01:43 4

3. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


i thought pa banned you

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 01:58 1

4. Envy8 (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Apple has not done anything too long. But next week will surprise everyone

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:07 1

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 10085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No donjunior is Wendy Garrett.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 16:30

16. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Oh just GTFO, please.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 01:29 1

2. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


apple is greediest money making oem.they not hear for customers who want next ipad mini.instead convince them to buy a product from which they get more profit

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 02:27

5. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Hate to tell you this, but all oem's are greedy.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:31

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 834; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


@abcdefgh

Hate to tell you, but that's the purpose of being in business.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 03:07

6. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


no matter how much you hate apple,ipad is the best tablet in market 2nd is Asus in my opinion

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:12

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 2514; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Which iPad app do you use that make it better than Asus?

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 13:17

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 1350; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/28/google-play-still-missing-top-app-titles-from-ios-many-of-which-are-games/

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 19:00

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 2514; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Thanks.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 03:17

7. jlim33 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 May 2013)


WWDC 2013 will surely launch new products and will regain Apple's sales.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:54

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


You would think....

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:09

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bring on this beauty of a beast. Cannot wait to sell my iPad 3, and nab the latest.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:32

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 2514; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Better sell now if you intend to nab the latest. Even Apple is selling iPad 3 cheap as refurbish set in the Apple online store.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 09:07

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6118; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


the next generation iPad will look the same and yet consumers still have no clue the difference between the Ipad3/Ipad4

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