Rumor: first iPad 5 units to be manufactured in time for September launch

Rumor: first iPad 5 units to be manufactured in time for September launch
The fifth generation iPad (or iPad 5, if you will) is surely coming later this year. What's a bit harder to predict is when it is going to launch exactly, but if this recent rumor is to be trusted, Apple might announce a new model of its iconic tablet in September. According to DigiTimes, trial production runs for the iPad 5 will begin soon, with manufacturing in volume scheduled to begin in August. A total of 2 to 3 million units are allegedly to be shipped in September alone. 

The source further claims that the screen for the fifth generation iPad will stick with the same Retina resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. The new display panel, however, will be a hair thinner, thus allowing the whole device to be slimmer than the current model. In fact, it is claimed that the iPad 5 will be much thinner and lighter than its predecessor as its battery is expected to be less thick as well. And to make up for the less charge stored in the cell, the new display panel is said to be equipped with smaller, energy-efficient backlight LEDs. 

The iPad 5 is expected to adopt design cues that Apple introduced with the iPad mini, among them being the slimmer screen bezel. What else the next iPad will have to stand out with is beyond us, but a faster processor might also be in tow, sprinkled with a dash of the "flatter" iOS 7.

source: DigiTimes

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30 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

With Full A15 cores, A7x 2Gb Ram 2.0Ghz May be PvrRouge Gpu, or overclocked PvrSgx554 at 600Mhz Lets wait and see, looking forward to another Epic design, concept, hopefully ®

2. Kurai unregistered

it will look premium indeed but it will have a much more premium price . . .

3. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

iOS7 better be epic. All Apple has done with their new iPads is minor changes to the display / screen (same with their phones as well). They need an OS overhaul or this could be the end of their reign.

5. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

What reign??

6. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Really? I'm not much of an Apple fan, but to say they haven't been a top brand in the last few years is completely ignorant.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I admit yes in the 10inch category but the iPhone was overtaken early last year....

11. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Yeah but just because it's a top brand doesn't make it a smart purchase. You are also paying a premium for the "brand".

13. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Exactly my point and btw PA can you make an effort to find this incompetent troll who keeps giving everybody red...

14. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Maybe not in your eyes. There's millions of people who would disagree.

16. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

A few months ago my sister in law asked me to find her a good deal on a iPad mini for her kids because she knows that I'm into tech stuff.I told her she should get a Nexus 7 because its cheaper. She didn't even know that there were Android tablets available, she thought Android was a phone manufactuer. She picked up 2 so each kid could have one. Long story short... I'm willing to bet millions of the people you speak of know very little about tablets. All they know is iPads and Kindles because thats what they see on TV. Most techies and people who hang around here know that Android has come a loooooong way in the last 18 months starting with ICS. Apple is no longer a smart or value purchase. This is also reflectef by the recent

17. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

↑ This is reflected by the recent stock falling. Investors know that Android is making a serious dent and Apple isn't the only big dog around.

18. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

That only happens in America. Yes I said it

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Read the latest data on tablet sales... their reign is already over! :-)

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

To be honest if apple pull the same trick as they did with the iPad 3 to the iPad 4 then I'm sorry but they will be overtaken in the 10inch tablet category!

25. stealthd unregistered

Their competition would have to catch up first to be overtaken and they aren't even close.

8. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

The answer is YES.

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

What's the question?

20. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

is it gonna sell? :P

22. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Well where does it say that in the article? And of course it's going to sell... Isheep will always flock to there natural grazing post...

24. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

How, ignorant of you to say such a thing.. Mind you Apple was the first company to release tablets, people who purchased them at the very beginning, will continue on using them because it is in their comfort zone, why switch to something else, learn a new OS when you are already knowledge at one thing? A few years back I agree it was all about who releases a better product, now its all about the simplicity of the OS, less to no bloatware and ease of use, which one factor that apple has. Android are amazing, fast, beautiful, but they need to learn to use less garbage in their products, easier setting controls, and then it will be up to the consumer to choose.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Can't get any thinner than it is now. Still look the same and also still made from glass with a fragile body.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

At this pint it's all about the OS. As inspectorgadget80 said, you can't get too much thinner...what's the purpose? Apple needs to hit a homer with ios7, or else.

19. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i really hope the switch to the more refined iPad mini look, the current iPad looks horrible to me.

21. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

@Dark I agree- the design is already the best it can get with a premium feel and price. The specs impressive by Apple standard and the Apps tailored for the iPad are very excellent. But the one thing that is holding it back is Apples tight control of the Os ( has it's advantage and dis advantage < I feel for me, as an IT professional, it's more of a disadvantage>). In my opinion making the Os flatter by removing the design elements will not make much of a difference. However, Adding richer functionality will. 1. Bluetooth file transfer, 2. A file manager, 3. NFC support ( I don't know about Pull down notifications as Google is expected to get the Patent very shortly on this and a whole can of worms will open up Oh Boy) 4. customization options ( might be a problem since this is not something Apple favors) 5. Widgets (which would then be admitting that the completion got it right) 6. Cut the umbilical cord from iTunes ( might also be a problem since some revenue is tied to this) 7. Allow setting default apps ( instead of apple maps Google map can be selected as the preferred map program etc..) < this one will not happen > 8. standard USB support instead of a propriety connector ( I wanted to configure Cisco routers and switches from my ipad ) A host of other thing as well but Its one step at a time and I don't know if apple is willing to release some of it's control so it's users can have more control. But will wait and see I guest.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Excellent post bro. 100% agreed

26. stealthd unregistered

Sounds like you're just saying iOS should become more like Android, which is silly.

28. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well I'm a tech agnostic. It's what gets the Job done for me. I have the iPad3 and a Nexus 10.1 both are excellent devices. However, when I want to get things done at work I usually use my Nexus 10. As a Network engineer I can configure routers and switches from my Nexus but not with my iPad. As a technology vendor to schools which are implementing both iPads and Android tablets and chrome books in the environment I find that the Cisco infrastructural plays nicer with the android devices as it supports more of the open standards. we are always handling trouble tickets with the iPads for Air view or Apple TV because of the propriety BonJour protocol that it uses for wireless multicast connectivity. I don't want it to be like Android I just want them to support more of the open standards. But you make a Good point

27. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

not. gonna. happen.

29. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Can always dream about it. I love technology and I love all the players some a degree more than others but they all keep me in business ( if something is not broken and having issues then there's no need for my services) so whoever ( IBM, Cisco, Dell, HP, Apple, Google, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc..) I want them all to stay in business so I can continue to make a living. Lol

30. ken6688

Posts: 13; Member since: May 24, 2013

one of the unique features of ipad is its 4 to 3 aspect ratio which makes vertical reading feasible without magnifying and this needs a wider vertical bezels like that in current ipad4. Thin side bezel is ridiculous. unlike ipad mini which can be grabbed in one hand with fingers so thin vertical can make ipad mini to be held like a phone. but this just doesn't work for a huge ipad.

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