An Apple insider reports that based on a review of past years, the Cupertino tech giant will host a media event in March or April to introduce a redesigned iPad called iPad 5. Tracking the history of Apple product launches this estimate seems quite believable as most of Apple’s innovations are launched around this date. The first-ever Apple event of this year (2013) can bring an overhaul to the design of its iPad. Apple is trying immensely to unite the look and design of iPad and iPad mini.
9to5Mac reported that based on the leaked photos of iPad 5 offers a solid depiction of what Apple’s next iPad will look like. The new iPad 5 device appeared to be heavily influenced by the aesthetics of the iPad mini, a version of the flagship tablet. The new iPad may have a black antenna cut to the top of its plate visible in the images which suggests that its parts belonged to a model that includes 4G LTE connectivity. According to another report from Slashgear, the iPad 5 black plates shown in the photos were too unlike to be true.
Let’s take a look at some of the expected features of iPad 5 and its release date:
iPad 5 Release Date
If rumor mills are to be believed then there is soon arriving iPad 5 which is much thinner and lighter than its counterparts. In a report by AppleInsider, Apple may feel pressured to launch a 9.7-inch iPad 5 to cement its lead in the tablet business. DigiTimes reports that the tentative date for the release of iPad 5 release date would be around the middle of 2013, while inside source speaking to Japanese site Macotakara, nailed the iPad 5 release date as March 2013. iLounge added that iPad 5 may be up for sale only by October 2013 and iPad mini 2 might be launched at the same time.
iPad 5 Expected Features
- The iPad 5 has to be one-step ahead of its predecessor, and is expected to have a GF DITO or GF2 touchscreen technology. The new iPad mini is already using GF 2 to make it appear thinner and lighter than its predecessors.
- Just like iPad 3 Apple may use just one LED light bar in iPad 5 to reduce its weight further, as reported by Macworld.
- iPad 5 will have a new and improved A6X processor. iPad 5 will have twice as many pixels (2048 x 1536)and the same chip used to power the iPad 4.
- iPad 5 may use the coveted IGZO technology which not only can handle better higher display densities but has a lower power consumption. There could be improvements to the iPad screen resolution or Apple may possibly include Retina display with the new iPad 5.
To sum it up
Launching iPad 5 with better features could be pressuring for Apple as it works hard to keep up with the competition. iLounge, a dedicated Apple website states that it would not be any surprise to see the new iPad remain roughly on par with the fourth-generation model in processing capabilities, with improved screen, dramatically lower size, and reduced weight. The new iPad 5 will have a number of key selling factors to keep Apple in the race of technological innovations. As of now, we can just wait and keep an eye on the future iPad from one of the big players in the market namely, Apple.