Get ready for it…an iPad 5, iPad 5S, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 2S release date in 2013?
According to a slew of new reports courtesy of top-end industry analysts, Apple is to implement a new tablet PC refresh cycle which will see both the iPad and the iPad Mini updated twice annually. Should this prove to be the case, Apple may, as previously rumored, be lining up the all-new iPad 5 release date for as early as March, which could be joined be the next version of the iPad Mini.
With regard to specs and features, those responsible for the reports have suggested that the iPad 5 will launch with a considerably sleeker exterior casing – one that more closely resembles that of the iPad Mini. It will boast a significantly more powerful processor and a further enhanced Retina display, along with boosted battery-life, an array of new color choices and an improved camera.
The current fourth-generation iPad was heavily criticized for launching largely as a clone of the previous model, albeit with a slightly faster processor and the controversial new lightning connector.
The iPad Mini 2 on the other hand is expected to remain almost identical to the current iPad Mini, though will feature the faster processor and Retina display panel most had expected its first incarnation to carry. Likewise, the iPad Mini 2 is also likely to launch in several color variants, most likely similar to those used in the iPod range.
Single annual product refreshes have long proved one of Apple’s biggest draws, as consumers are known to respond well to Smartphones and tablet PCs that carry a certain degree of prestige and exclusivity for a year at least. However, Apple’s iPad and iPhone release date cycle has become somewhat erratic over the last couple of years and has led to both consumer and investor criticism – most of which concerning disgruntled buyers finding their devices out of date in a matter of months.
How the rumored bi-annual iPad refresh cycle affects favor in the Cupertino company therefore remains to be seen.