Towards the end of 2012 there were several rumors doing the rounds suggesting that Apple were to release a new iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 in March, and while there hasn’t been anything conclusive, these claims have been raised again by unnamed sources at CES. It doesn’t matter that Apple never attends this event because there are always third-party accessories for their devices being shown, as well as new rumors in regards to some of their products as well.
If the sources are correct then the new 5th-generation iPad will be thinner and lighter, although it’s expected that the 2nd-gen iPad mini form factor will be pretty similar to the current version. It’s hard to know just how much truth there is to this latest claim, but the March release doesn’t seem to be going away.
A huge number of iPad 3 owners were upset when Apple released the iPad 4 just months apart and if a March release is in fact true, then it shows that Apple has started to adopt a more aggressive product cycle stance. Maybe Apple knows that they need to change their previous strategy in order to keep up with their rivals such as Samsung, as they have had an aggressive product cycle for many years now and it seems to be working?
We’re still not certain how much truth is in these recent claims but if they are true then Apple will need to update the display on the new iPad mini to Retina if they have any hope of competing with the latest bunch of 7-inch tablets that are already on or about to come to the market. As for the iPad, a faster processor is a must but what updates would you like to see?