Kuo: Apple iPad 5 and Apple iPad mini 2 coming in Q4; low priced Apple iPad mini on the way

Kuo: Apple iPad 5 and Apple iPad mini 2 coming in Q4; low priced Apple iPad mini on the way
On Wednesday, we showed you a video that compared the size of the Apple iPad 5 with the Apple iPad 4 using a leaked shell from the upcoming slate. The results were as expected, with a narrower and thinner iPad 5 coming. Additionally, the next full-sized Apple iPad takes its design cues from the Apple iPad mini. Speaking about the Apple iPad 5, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says that vendors will start shipping components for the iPad 5 and the next-gen iPad mini at the end of this quarter. Although he hasn't predicted a date, the analyst sees both tablets launching before the end of 2013.

Besides carrying design features from the Apple iPad mini, Kuo predicts that the iPad 5 will support China Mobile's proprietary TDD-LTE pipeline which means that the world's largest carrier will be able to offer the tablet to its more than 1 billion customers. The analyst expects the Apple iPad 5 and the Apple iPad mini sequel to both feature a next-generation Apple A7X processor. Kuo says that both tablets will sport a Retina display. The analyst also forecasts that Apple will release a low priced iPad mini next year using the current model's lower resolution screen and an A6 processor.

Kuo states that the Apple iPad 2 will remain on Apple's lineup in 2014 so that the company can offer two full-sized slates, one with a Retina display and one without a high-definition screen. Putting it all together, Kuo sees Apple offering two full-sized slates in 2014 and two iPad mini variants. Each category would contain one tablet with a Retina display (Apple iPad 5, Apple iPad mini 2) and one lower priced tablet with a lower-resolution glass (Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad mini). His work suggests that Foxconn will build all of the 9.7 inch slabs. Rival Pegatron will assemble 70% to 75% of the 7.9 inch tablets in the third quarter, up from the 60% to 65% it was responsible for in the second quarter. By the next quarter, 80% to 85% of iPad mini production will be handled by Pegatron. Casetek is responsible for the production of the balance of the smaller screened tablet in all three quarters.

For 2013, Kuo sees 11.7 million Apple iPad 5 units shipped along with 2.2 million Apple iPad mini 2 tablets. That compares to the 14.9 million iPad 4 and 33.2 million iPad mini slates he expects Apple to ship for all of this year.

KGI's forecast of Apple's 2013 tablet shipments

KGI's forecast of Apple's 2013 tablet shipments


source: AppleInsider

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9 Comments

1. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

low price for apple is $500 atleast. and they expect to excel again/// no no no no no..not today apple

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What are you talking about? The OG Mini was $320. I agree it's not the lowest price out there, especially for the specs, but it's much lower than $500. Considering the Mini 2 will most likely be priced similarly to the Mini 1, the "low priced" Mini, if it exists, would likely be lower than $320.

8. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

still tho, the only way apple gives you a deal is on their old outdated crap that was outdated when it was new so, how is that a good deal for anyone? Ya, I am looking right at you mini 1 with 1024x768 display oh and you too iPad 2.. oh and all the S versions of anything. I could go on and on but you get the point

9. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

No, the are going to re release the original mini and call it the iPad mini C so the sheep will think they are getting something new and rebuy what they already have. Brilliant yet desperate.

2. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

ipad mini retina for the win

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple's way of circumventing "budget" devices: continue selling 2.5 year old devices in the iPad 2 and (2.5 in spec-years anyways) the iPad Mini 1. Given their longer-than-normal product lifespan, I'd be amazed if the iPhone C is marketed as "budget" after all.

4. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Why am I bored? Oh the same conservative design and OS, next news article please.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I hope they come in champagne! Or light blue! Or dark blue! Or charcoal! Or gunmetal! Or teal! Or gold (not champagne)! Or off-white! Or garnet-red! Or a granier-picture of the garnet-red model! Or a high-rez picture of all of them together! Or them coming off the assembly line! Or poorly-rendered prototype that some graphic designer put together just for fun! Whatever the color, I expect (nay, DEMAND) PhoneArena be at the forefront of reporting each and every leak. It's what I've become accustomed to here.

7. virjartajo

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

hey apple. define low priced!

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