As of the next round of release dates, all iPads launched by Apple will feature Retina quality display panels, according to leading industry analysts. Having initially disappointed thousands the world over by arriving with an arguably substandard screen, the next version of the iPad Mini – that being the iPad Mini 2 – will share the same Retina quality prowess as the full-sized iPad.
Should this be the case, the news will likely be welcomed in no uncertain terms by app and game developers, who will from then on be able to create single versions of apps to be used on all version of the iPad, as thousands of high-resolution apps are currently incompatible with the iPad Mini.
As for the standard iPad, industry insiders suggest that rather than a complete and total overhaul, the iPad 5 will launch significantly smaller in size by way of a thinner, sleeker and lighter frame – one that shares more similarities with the iPad Mini than the traditional iPad – while retaining the same screen size of 9.7-inches.
The iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 release dates are expected to come about in the early fall, once again side by side.
Meanwhile, rumor has it that a number of other Apple products will once again be in for a refresh this year. For example, the MacBook Pro without a Retina quality display is expected to be ousted once and for all, as Retina quality becomes the new standards for almost all Apple products across the board.
One exception to the rule however will likely be the MacBook Air, which is expected to remain in production minus a Retina panel due to space and weight restrictions, though is scheduled a significant chipset overhaul.
We have however been warned not to hold onto hopes of seeing a fully-fledged Apple TV release date materializing in 2013, as analysts across the board have pushed back their projections to next year at the earliest.