It has only been two months since Apple updated the iPad, with the iPad 4th generation. Even so, Macotakara are reporting that the 5th generation iPad could be released as early as March 2013, which is setting a relentless pace for the iPad teams at Apple.
According to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013. Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight. (The expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).
What’s interesting to note is that they report that the 5th generation iPad will be 4 mm smaller in height, 17 mm in width and 2 mm in depth, meaning that it will have a slightly smaller form factor.
The 4th generation iPad has dimensions of 241.2 mm by 185.7 mm by 9.4 mm. Factoring in these figures, the 5th generation iPad will have dimensions of 237.2 mm 168.7 mm by 7.2 mm, which means that it will supposedly be as thin as the iPad mini, and will have a thin side bezel like the iPad mini.
The same report also says that the iPad mini will apparently receive the same 2048 by 1536 Retina Display that we see in the 4th generation iPad. With the display in the iPad mini being physically smaller at 7.9 inches, compared to 9.7 inches, this means that the pixel density will go up to 326 pixels per inch, which is the same as the iPhone 5’s display.
At this point, I would suggest you to “take these rumours with a pinch of salt”. However, there are two reasons why I won’t this time. Firstly, Macotakara has a history of getting specifications and design information like this correct. Secondly, all these specifications in this report seem logical. Making the 5th generation iPad look like the iPad mini shows how Apple always like to unify the styling of their products as best as they can (their iOS products in particular). Putting the beautiful 2048 x 1536 Retina Display into the iPad mini not only gives it the same pixel density as the iPhone, it adds to Apple’s philosophy that the iPad mini is not a watered-down iPad, but a “condensed” iPad, with all the functionality of the full-sized iPad.
Based on all of this, 2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year for the iPad. If you’re planning on buying a current model iPad/iPad mini in the post-Christmas sales, wait until both the 5th generation iPad and the 2nd generation iPad mini are revealed next year.