iPad (5th gen.) due March 2013; Apple preps iPad mini with Retina display, says source

iPad (5th gen.) is to be released in March 2013, claims Macotakara, citing an “inside source.”

Source said the design of this new iPad will be similar to iPad mini, i.e. lightweight and thinner (4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).

Additionally, Macotakara, reports, trial production of iPad mini (2nd generation) has begun with a 7.9-inch Retina display 2048 x 1536 pixels (326ppi) and an A6X processor – the same fast, unmatched mobile processors as in the current iPad.

Additionally, we’ve heard rumblings, not able to be confirmed currently, that iPad (5th gen.) may get the Apple A7 processor, but is more likely to also sport the highly-regarded A6X.

Read more in the full article here.

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Apple focusing on Retina display for next-gen iPad mini, sources say – December 14, 2012
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iPad 4 graphics upgrade a serious horsepower increase; Apple’s A6X is one massive processing machine – November 2, 2012
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  1. I was going to do every other generation iPad, I had the 1st and now I have 3rd. Instead I’m going to buy just every two years based on whatever generation is just available for preorder. Buying my next iPad in 2014.

  2. Hard choice for me net year.
    Mini with retina vs slimmed down and more powerful full sized iPad.

    This tells me that the mini won’t necessarily cannibalize the full size

  3. Every speculative rumor on new Apple devices is nothing more than competitors and WS planting stories trying to influence consumers not to buy now but wait till next generation. IE. IPhone 5S due soon don’t buy an IPhone 5, Ipad mini and new Ipad coming soon don’t buy the IPad or mini now. It’s all just noise.

    1. True, it’s best to ignore rumors. I’d love an iPad now (full-size, for art and music creation)… but only two months away?…. If the mini gets retina, they have to make sure the maxi isn’t cannibalized…

  4. “Lightweight and thinner (4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).”

    So…5/32 inches by 11/16 inches and thinner than a piece of cardboard? Riiiiiiight. Must be the new iPad postage stamp. Or the latest technology for mice. (The Apple mousePad?)

    1. Lighter and thinner is great sometimes. I don’t need my iPhone (4S) to be thinner. Actually my 2G iPhone was the most comfortable to hold. With or without a case. My 4th gen iPod is too thin. My iPad (3rd gen) is ok but thinner might be nice. I purchased a 27 inch iMac as a present and it was delivered Monday. I’m sitting in front of it now and it’s beautiful. But so is my 27 inch iMac that I bought last December. It still looks fantastic. And it holds the Super Drive that I use. Had to order a separate optical for the new iMac. Last years iMac isn’t as thin but who cares if its thin? Not me. They are both great. I hope the lamination holds up on the newer model. So I’m all for thin if it is for a purpose. I guess I’m just a practical guy.

      1. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I certainly wouldn’t mind anything lighter or thinner, as long as it holds up durability-wise. (I’m planning on getting a 27-in. iMac myself, soon.) I was just poking fun at their ill-informed dimensions. I think you’ll agree that anyone saying that Apple’s next iPad will measure less than 1 in. x 1 in. needs to check their math.

  5. HI, Somebody forget to include the word “smaller” as it was in the macrumors article regarding the measurements of the 5th gen iPad .
    “Source said the design of this new iPad will be similar to iPad mini, i.e. lightweight and thinner (4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm” SMALLER).

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