Next Apple iPad coming in September with new Apple iPad mini right behind?

Next Apple iPad coming in September with new Apple iPad mini right behind?
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. The next 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini is another story as a number of things about that tablet are still up in the air.

Suppliers are expected to receive a mass production schedule from Apple at the end of this month or in early August to cover the full-sized 9.7 inch slab. At this point, the suppliers have shipped out parts for pilot production, which is enough to cover early demand for the fifth-generation iPad.

The Apple iPad mini 2 will possibly make the huge jump in resolution from the current 162ppi to a Retina display of at least 264ppi. That would match the Retina display on the current fourth-genertion iPad. In addition, the next iPad mini is expected to offer a larger viewing area on the screen thanks to thinner bezels. The number of LED tubes in the tablet has been cut in half to one and battery life has been improved. The Cupertino based tech titan has been pushing its upstream channels to reduce the size of the bezel on the next iPad mini to make it as thin as the bezels seen on some of the latest phones offered by Samsung and HTC.

Apple has yet to decide upon using a Retina display for the sequel to the mini, but if it does go ahead with the new screen, the Apple iPad mini 2 might not see the light of day until the end of this year.

source: DigiTimes

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11 Comments

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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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 unregistered

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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring these beauties on. I'm ready to purchase, iPad 5 for me, and a mini 2 for the mrs.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good luck with med school too bro. That's admirable.. Paging Dr. Smurf lol.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: Jun 22, 2012

Another month, another Digitimes prediction. They've been saying the iPad would come out "soon", every month since April.

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