Fifth-generation Apple iPad expected to launch in March, stealing its looks from the Apple iPad mini

Fifth-generation Apple iPad expected to launch in March, stealing its looks from the Apple iPad mini
Japan's MacOtakara is reporting that the fifth-generation of the Apple iPad is going to be released in March, just five months after the launch of the fourth-generation model. According to the story, the tablet will be getting its design cues from the Apple iPad mini. While dimensions were not mentioned, the new model is supposedly lighter and thinner than the current full-sized tablet.

The fourth-generation iPad

The fourth-generation iPad

While the trend is toward thinner and smaller devices, the third and fourth-generation Apple iPad models were actually thicker than the original Apple iPad slates as the Cupertino based firm had to add the technology that fuels the Retina display. But if this report is legit, and we need to remain skeptical here, Apple has developed a way to reduce the size of the technology that powers the Retina display on the 9.7 inch screen.

Besides the fifth-generation iPad, Apple is supposed to be getting the second-generation of the Apple iPad mini ready. One persistent complaint about the Apple iPad mini is that the screen's resolution is too low when compared with the newer full-sized models of the iPad. The 162ppi pixel density on the iPad mini is over 100ppi less than the 264ppi on the third and fourth-generation iPads. So you can expect better resolution on the screen of the next 7.9 inch model. Also, the faster A6X processor is expected to be powering up the next Apple iPad mini.

Apple seems to have cut its product cycle in half from 1 year to about 6 months. How will Apple fans respond to Cupertino pushing out a new model twice a year? In a way, it makes sense since Apple has to compete against a number of Android manufacturers who churn out new, updated products constantly.

source: MacOtakara (Translated) via AppleInsider

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  • Storage 128 GB
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  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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112 Comments

3. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

They better. They're losing the tablets war to Android.

14. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

iPads are still superior to tablets. Performance difference is visible to naked eye. Though Apple has lost some ground, Android still has to do a lot to make it tablet optimized. Once that happens, I believe Apple will have the same fate as they are having in smartphones segment.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not so much performance as it is the apps. Hardly any apps are made for tablets in Android, and a lot of them are just blown up to match the bigger display and look weird. As Android tablets get more popular though, developer support will rise and Android will be on top of iOS in tablets like it is in smartphones. Then Google will have to fight Windows in tablet share, because I imagine Windows is going to be a hit in tablets.

27. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Yes, ecosystem is another thing. I saw a test using fish (but test results were not fishy :P). Browser on Android failed miserably. My heart bled to see that. But since, I don't want to mid guide readers, I try to comment right things. Also, frame rates in gaming are better for iPad. Most of the issues in tablets for android is development related, but google also has to do its bit to some extent. I like what they did with Nexus 10.

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I hear a lot about Chrome being absolutely horrible on Android phones/tablets, but I don't have any problems at all, it's actually a lot smoother than my stock browser. Is it a Nexus only problem, or what? Either way, it can be fixed with an update; Google is probably working on it right now. I wouldn't doubt that frame rates are better on the iPad, considering the Nexus 10 has a higher res screen and isn't fully optimized like iOS is. Once again, it'll all get fixed in a future update (4.2.2-4.2.3). But, Google should have had most of these bugs worked out in the first place. They need to slow it down with the major updates.

37. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Chrome works fine on my android phone. Its actually my default browser. And I like how it syncs everything with my PC. But it was in a test. I was impressed how well iPad works under stress. May be a regular user won't put browser under that stress. But I do.

75. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The only time I see lag on my GS2 in Chrome is when I have 6 or 7 tabs open along with a few apps in the background. That's with a Snapdragon S3 and 1 GB of RAM, so the new Nexus devices should be able to handle much more than that. I think it's just software that's the problem, and it'll be fixed in a few months.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They aren't losing, Android is catching up in tablets. Last time I checked, the tablet market share was 50% for iOS in Q3. Samsung in a distant second with 18%. Though, all Android tablets together is about even with Apple. I expect Windows to be popular in tablets though, and MS will get a nice chunk of the tablet market.

5. meloth1991

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I am a hardcore android fan....but when it comes to tablets I love iPad ...just love the premium build quality!! Can't make up my mind between iPad mini and nexus 7 :/

8. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I'd choose iPad mini, but you can wait for iPad mini 2, which will be 2x faster and will have retina screen.

10. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Nexus 7. iPad Mini is for iDiots willing to pay more for anything with an Apple logo on it. I mean, this junk is 2011 surplus hardware being sold as "premium"

64. Droiddoes unregistered

SHHH don't let them in on that! It's nice being able to instantly recognize someone as a moron.

68. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, because instantly labelling someone as a moron because of a single product they own is so SMART! I'd hate to ever mistake YOU as a moron, because you're clearly such a nice, open-minded, caring person who will go very far in life with that attitude.

16. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

In 7 inch segment, Nexus. In 10 inchers, iPad. iPad mini's screen is disappointing. For me, something that I look at constantly, is a deal breaker.

70. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

iSuggest you wait for the iPad Mini 10. That's the time it'll get significant upgrades compared from the older version, judging how they do it on the iPad. While waiting for the iPad Mini 10, choose whatever Android has to offer for now. :)

7. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

iFans respond here: it's not good shorten the cycle. We love Apple becuz we love what they give the value of. But releasing more model is still acceptable like what they did to iPad mini. People will try for a cheaper one and compete with others meanwhile gaining market share.

9. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Apple needs something really innovative and new in their devices, but I'm pleased with my Apple products.

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Many customers might not like that new product cycle of apple. After 6 months of your brand new iPad4 it will immediately be replaced with iPad5 and that can really make you disappointed as you're already holding an outdated device for such a short period of time

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Not only that, most people don't buy products on the first day. They sometimes wait a couple months or decide to buy a product during it's life cycle. So, you might buy it on the 4th month just to realize its getting replaced two months later. I'd also imagine quality control will be a lot tougher. A product with a shelf life of a couple months, won't show all of the problems withing that time period. So, that 6 month batch can be a crappy batch. This can be for any product.

65. Droiddoes unregistered

LOL yeah. And iDrone mentality is they "have" to have the "newest" and "best" novelty that apple puts out. Heaven forbid should the neighbors/coworkers/strangers find out they have outdated apple "tech"!

12. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Why pay more money for a gadget with obsolete hardware which is only good for 6 months? You can buy more capable devices for half the price.

18. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Because in tablets, iPads do perform better, even with outdated hardware. For tablets, Android needs a better tablet optimized version, which is not the case for now. Its not even as good as surface to be honest. I own Nexus 10 and note 2. I don't intend to switch. But specs don't speak the true story. However, the case is other way round in smartphones. Android is superior.

21. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

It would really depend what you're using it for. To say it's better due to specs or hardware are better is pretty vague. There's a lot more that comes to play to make something better. The Sega Dreamcast was the most advanced console for it's time by far and we all know how that failed.

23. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

They serve different purposes. Despite having many of the same apps, you can't say that a person will use a device the same way every time regardless of make. These are tools. Fighting over specs, features or business practices trivializes mobile devices down to toys that all try to play Angry Birds and post on Facebook.

20. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Android devices are typically outclassed every quarter. Screens get bigger, more RAM added, more cores, more battery.

22. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

so people would buy Apple products twice a year.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

dang Apple, we don't want you to pump em' out THAT quick! o.O you're about to pull some old Android Manufacturer BS on us here...

30. chethan316

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 07, 2010

I have to say, the display of the iPad Mini is what's making me hold back. And that A5 chip inside. isn't doing wonders for the tablet either.

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it's so well made that when you pick it up you want to like it but the reality is you're holding a smaller iPad 2 which crosses it off of any recommendation list of mine.

71. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It is fantastically built, possibly the best-feeling device I've ever held, and it looks gorgeous in black. If I have the money, I'll definitely consider picking one up when it gets a retina display and a better processor

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