According to the reports from CNYes, by way of Macotakara, Apple is prepping suppliers and components for a iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 release in Q3 2013. The rumor points to calendar year Q3, July, August and September, and not than Apple’s fiscal Q3.
This is not the first we’ve heard of an iPad 5 with a redesign and a rumored iPad mini 2 with a Retina Display, but the details line up with earlier leaks.
iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 Rumors
The iPad mini 2 would reportedly use a higher resolution Retina Display, like that found on the iPad 4, but smaller. The iPad mini 2 rumors go back and forth on the inclusion of a more expensive panel, which would likely require a faster processor to push the higher resolution. The report does not include any information about what changes Apple might make to the processor if the iPad mini 2 does come with a Retina Display.
We’ve previously heard that the iPad mini would not feature a Retina Display from iMore. The Apple mobile site claims the iPad mini 2 will feature a non-Retina Display and could release the iPad mini 2 in April and not later this year.
The iPad 5 will reportedly see a makeover with a new aluminum finish. Based on this information, leaked photos and other leaks it’s safe to expect an iPad 5 with iPad mini looks. There are no other details in this report about the iPad 5, though the article warns of yield problems that could cause supply issues of the iPad 5 at launch.
The iPad mini release was staggered and stock was in short supply for a short period after the release while Apple suppliers and factories ramped up production.
iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 Release Rumors
The iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 release dates and launch details are the subject of much speculation.
In the past year Apple switched from a reliable release cycle for products to one that brings new devices to market faster. While we could count on an iPad release in March or April for the past few years, this cycle is not as certain.
Apple announced the iPad 4 and iPad mini in October, soon enough after the iPad 3 that allegations of planned obsolescence were raised in Brazil.
The iPad 5 release date estimates range from April to October, with a few broader estimates in between. About the only thing these rumors can agree on is that Apple will release an iPad mini 2 and an iPad 5 at the same time and that the iPad 5 will feature an iPad 2-like design.
If Apple plans an April launch of the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 it is surprising that invites did not go out right before the Samsung Galaxy S4 event last week, but Apple still has plenty of time to invite journalists to an April iPad event.
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