Report: Apple iPad mini 2 and 5th-generation Apple iPad to launch in March
0. phoneArena 11 Jan 2013, 13:38 posted on
Topeka Capital Markets' Brian White says checks with his supply sources at CES suggest that the Apple iPad mini 2 and the 5th-generation Apple iPad will both launch in March only five months after the latest versions were announced; despite rumors that the Apple iPad mini would sport a Retina display for the sequel, there was no word on the resolution of the screen...
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1. ckoch125 (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
They will put retina in mini v3. Funny how fast they are pumping iPads out I mean the 4th ipad just came out and now another one? Seems like the 4 was a waste and can see some angry apple product buyers if this holds true. So much for the one product a year they used to try and bash android about.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Over on Macrumors, the buzz is that retina will be on the Mini2. It makes sense for the Mini2 to get a retina display and a mild bump in CPU/GPU (to maybe the A5X).
8. Aeires (unregistered)
In all reality, the OG Mini should have had the retina quality display. By the time the Mini gets a retina display, a lot of other tablets will already have equal to or better displays. Apple should have came to bat swinging for the fence with the Mini, not just trying to reach first base with it.
It's always been Apple's approach to hold features back in order to give people something to look forward to upgrade to. If they are going to release devices this quickly, why hold back anymore?
12. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
But then apple couldn't sell people the same damn thing twice.
28. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Oh my gosh! This seems so sudden!!
I... I don't think I'm ready for this! yet...
43. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
lol I am! Im ready for the 5th gen ipad! I still have the 1st gen!
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
My colleague just got an iPad 2 brand new for dirt cheap. She gave it to me to put all the best apps & to update it to the most current iOS.
Playing with an iPad after using my rooted Asus Transformer Prime for more than a year & iOS is boring, dull, weak & nothing screams excitement at all. iOS 6.1 is so far back from Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean that it's LITERALLY scary.
Apple needs an OS overhaul not better devices. What is the point of a kicka$$ machine if your OS is BUSTED. It's like putting marble flooring in a mud hut.
Apple really, really needs to do something about iOS because even BlackBerry 10 OS from what I have seen in videos is more compelling.
21. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
Hey now, i will be DAMNED if I'm going to stand here and let you badmouth those of us with mud huts. My marble floor in my hut is AWESOME, only sucky thing is the tiles move around since the foundation is mud.
29. bigdawg23 (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Use an iPad 4 and the preformance is very different. I looked at a Trasnformer Prime, but apps and entertainment online limitations swayed me. I own both a Gnote and iPhone 5. Yes Android has many great features, but stability and battery drain is only a few of the problems. My Gnote is rooted and rom'd. Battery life sucks majorly. App crashes are very common. I continue to play with many rom's in hoping the Note will get better.
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10060; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Y not keep it stock man. My note 2 is stock, and I love it. Best battery life on any phone I've had. I also own an ip5, and have to charge it a couple times a day...sweet phone tho
17. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
True, but apple was going for a super portable and super thin tablet, they lacked the technology required to make the iPad and come up with the enormous revenue they demand from selling it. They could've done it, but chose not to. Another thing to note, a lot of apple buyers will go for the iPad mini 2 and if it does have retina, then so will I. I love this thinness and lightness of the iPad mini, but the screen's really the only thing holding me back.
14. ckoch125 (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Honestly I think the retina isn't anything special and if anything should have been on version 1. I bought a mini and if all they do is retina display and maybe little faster processor I really don't care since for what I do the mini is fine as it is. Maybe in 2 years when they really beef up specs ill upgrade my mini.
40. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
But the design are the same. How are apple consumers going to tell the difference?
42. metalpoet (unregistered)
OH MY F***ING GOD! Why the hell would anyone be so retarded at to even think of buying an iPad if its not only worthless the minute you turn it on but now its worthless in Apple's eyes 6 month later because they came out with another stupid f***ing tablet that does nothing different! holy jumping jesus people are retarded!
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Apple is doing their absolute best to obsolete the previous generations of phones and iPads. I wonder how customers who purchased a Mini and the 4th gen iPad feel about being obsoleted before a year has passed?
15. ckoch125 (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Look how mad those who bought an ipad 3 were when the 4 came out and now this shortly after? Apple is losing their luster and this isn't the way to gain it back.
22. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
Let em keep on keeping on. They're losing customers and market share daily, so i for one approve of apples strategy to keep re-releasing the same damn thing every few months and passing it off as new.
36. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
I for one love constant refreshes, but im probably an exception to the norm. I know not everyone wants this but i wish galaxy s series was more like this. I like getting new gadgets. I love opening up a new box and turning on a new device for the 1st time. I hate only doing this once a year. Id be happy with a 6mnth cycle as long as it didnt mean manufacturers were holding back tech just so they could do incremental upgrades to squeeze money from consumers.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 10060; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Kinda mad, but progress us progress ya know
4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Still looks the same. Still dual core. And when people buy the 2nd ipad mini &a 5th ipad they still dont have a clue whats the difference as long they see a dumb fruit on the back
26. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
True i asked my friend who just recently upgraded hid ipad 3 to 4 and she doesnt know the diffrence except new ios6 and new lightning port
5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Almost feel like Apple is releasing a new product every month....
6. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Looks like they have increased those production schedules. I think the competition is the reason.
7. Eonnaydra (Posts: 197; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
The sources tell White that the fifth iteration of Apple's 9.7 inch tablet will be faster and lighter than the current model. It will have the same design as the third-generation Apple iPad but will feature the faster A6X processor and the new lightning port. -----I dont understand.Isnt A6X already on iPad 4?
23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7282; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They're probably going to overclock it to 1.5 or 1.6GHz.
10. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
its gonna be the sam price makes no sence because the ppl who already have wont get it again samething for the iphone5s smh same ios nothing is diffrent really hardwear or softwear ....this is a other reason why there stock is gonna go down again *big smile*
11. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)
I think they should really beef up the specs of the mini, get it on the same level as the ipad 5 but in a smaller package. If you look at the pricepoint thats what you're paying for, thats what you should get.
13. ryq24 (Posts: 468; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
competition is heating forcing apple to change it's schedule in releasing new products. not only is samsung their main headache but those small phone and tablet maker most people never heard of but are churning out cheaper phones and tablet.
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
"The sources tell White that the fifth iteration of Apple's 9.7 inch tablet will be faster and lighter than the current model. It will have the same design as the third-generation Apple iPad but will feature the faster A6X processor and the new lightning port."
... Is this a typo? Or is the 5th gen iPad REALLY going to be just an iPad 4 that's thinner and lighter?
24. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Barely two months since the iPad mini and 4th iPad, and they're ALREADY coming out with their successors? At least Samsung gives about six months to a year in between their devices, with Apple's stuff, it's pretty much obsolete in a couple of weeks.
If this is Apple's way of strengthening their fan base, their fans must have plenty of disposable income to be throwing down hundreds of dollars for a barely-changing device at least once a year.
25. papss (unregistered)
Well I can tell you I'm not very happy to hear of this. I have an iPad 4 and its really fast and the games run amazing on it BUT if its not going to be the top dog only after mere months
27. joey_sfb (Posts: 2487; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Even samsung that has new product every other month keep their flagship model on a 12 months refresh cycle.
32. papss (unregistered)
I'm seeing how it might be harder for developers to make great games in numbers like they do now. I'm no lover of IOS but my iPad is pretty fast when loading web pages or playing games.. I won't be buying this next one though
33. GENERAL_LEVY (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Where are all the Trolls and bashers and haters.....?
34. mydi.maus (unregistered)
i can see apple around the corner with another surprise :)
35. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
wow, mini2 already..and people complain about Android OEMs...
37. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
lol smh...this is crazy, i guess when i'm ready to upgrade there will be iPhone 7 available. i guess i'll get that along with the iPad 8 mini new hdS w/retina+
39. techloverNYC (Posts: 353; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
at the rate apple is producing no one will be buying. There is only that much money to spend in a certain period
41. bubbadoes (Posts: 319; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I remember when the ipad 3 came out and only included a bumped up processor and a retina display. Was a hard choice for customers to really see the difference between the ipad 2 and 3 looking at the displays. For a difference in price of $100-a lot of ipad 2's are still being sold today because noone wants to pony up the extra $100 for retina. Then came out ipad 4 which included everthing on the 3 with a bumped up processor and a lighting connector for the ipad 4. Now a rumor is about a ipad 5. Point is--the ipad mini will follow the same cycle of the ipad---which will have you still buying the ipad mini 1 because it will be $100 dollars cheaper than the ipad mini 2 which will only include a retina display or a bumped up processor--but not both at one time--then their would be no need for a ipad mini 3, 4 or 5.. doesn't matter though--the fans will still be out there buying them because it's something new--when actually the mini is light years behind the nexus 7 in performance, processor, speed, and features.