It‘s 3 months already since Apple released the 4th generation iPad, and you now what? The iPad 5 release date is a hot topic already. Since Apple broke its own rules by releasing the two new iPads in quick succession in 2012, the release date of the next iPad has never been so unpredictable.
Here are two major rumors about the releasing date of iPad 5. First of them is the possible iPad 5 release date of early 2013 – traditionally Apple waits until March for its first big launch of a calendar year. This iPad release date rumor is based on a report produced by Ming-Chi Kuo, who is an analyst for KGI Securities (a global investment a financial services company). According to Kuo, he suggested that the launch of the Microsoft Surface has forced Apple’s hand to release a thinner iPad 5 “as quickly as possibly”.
The second date that seems to be gaining a bit of momentum is the mid-2013 iPad 5 release date, first picked up by DigiTimes. DigiTimes reports on a supplier to Apple, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, expecting a strong start to 2013 due to the manufacturing of parts for a new iPad which is set to launch “around the middle of 2013”.
Apart from the releasing date, there also are rumors of iPad 5’s specs. According to Japanese blog Macotakara (which has a solid record with supply chain leaks), the iPad 5’s design will borrow from the iPad mini. Their sources expect the tablet to be 4 mm shorter, 2 mm thinner, and 17 mm narrower. The huge decrease in width suggests thinner side bezels, like the iPad mini.
Someone also says that the iPad 5 will use the GF2 touch screen technology. GF2 was used in the iPad mini, and this was a main reason as to how Apple could pretty much replicate the original iPad’s specs in an iPad Mini that is 23 percent thinner than the initial Apple tablet PC.
However, Apple’s secrecy isn’t what it used to be. A series of leaks left little surprises when Apple revealed the iPad 3, iPhone 5, and iPad mini. Is this one of those surprise killers, or just a bunch of hot air? Let’s wait and see.