When it comes to release date rumors concerning iPads, iPhone and pretty much anything Apple, few names tend to draw attention quite like Mr. Gene Munster.
So, for those known to lend their trust to the famous Jefferies analyst, this week brings a juicy revelation concerning the iPad 5 that pretty much contradicts most other reports we’ve been grace with over the past few days.
Rather than being pushed back to October as some have suggested, Munster has once again reaffirmed the prediction that the iPad 5 release date will happen sometime this Spring.
“We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April,” Apple Insider quoted Munster as saying this week.
“The average time between the events has been 123 days, about 4 months,” Munster has said. “The longest amount of time between events since the 3GS launch in 2009 was 216 days (about 7 months), which was the gap between the iPad 2 launch in March 2011 and the iPhone 4S launch in October 2011.”
That’s the good news, but on a slightly more sour note he went on to suggest that should the iPad 5 indeed arrive in the near future, it won’t be the hoped-for complete and total overhaul, but rather another modest tweak on the current iPad. In essence, it will be the same iPad 5 we know today, masquerading as an overgrown iPad Mini.
“If Apple were to do a Spring event, we believe it would likely be incremental updates, likely to the iPad line rather than a significant new product. We believe Apple could update the full-sized iPad to a body style similar to the iPad Mini,” he went on to say.