Rumour: Thinner and lighter iPad 5 due in March

Back in March of this year, Apple released the iPad 3, which features a Retina display and a faster processor than the previous version of the tablet. So when Apple held one of its special events in San Francisco two months ago, nobody saw the iPad 4 coming which was released together with the long-expected iPad Mini.

But a new report claims Apple may be launching the next iPad just three months from now. Is Apple changing its release schedule to a more faster one, to cope with the competition perhaps?

Japanese site Macotakara, which has provided accurate information in the past, reports that the successor of the iPad 4 will be thinner and lighter, possibly borrowing elements from the iPad Mini:

According to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013. Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight. (The expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).

The numbers above don't seem to represent the actual size, but the difference in size between the iPad 4 and 5. So presumably, the iPad 5 measures 237 mm by 169 mm by 7.4 mm, which is almost as thin as the iPad Mini.

Macotakara also reports that the iPad Mini 2 will have a Retina display with the same resolution and the same A6X processor as the iPad 4.

Source: Macotakara via 9to5Mac | Images via 9to5Mac

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The product should focus more on advancements in features and software. Instead people cream their pants when it's a bit thinner. "TAKE MY MONEY!"

Ofcourse, there are a few issues that they need to fix such as refining their iOS user interface designs, but even Anandtech said that the iphones/ipads had the fastest processors and GPUs. Yes, they're missing NFC, but how often is it used. It would be nice to have it, but Apple only adds these hardware features when there is widespread demand for it. Look even 4G isn't available completely everywhere around the world! you don't need 8 inch screen and 5 core processor on a cell phone if you're not going to have apps to take advantage of it. How many famous games take advantage of the tegra features or the multiple cores on a phone. Seriously, there's only so much you can do on a small screen and battery life is the most thing.

Chicken and egg. A lot of people won't use NFC if it isn't an option on their particular devices. If device makers include it you might find it would have a chance to take off. Of course it might not ever be a big deal but you guarantee it'll go nowhere if you don't offer it

You have to realize that Apple takes a lot of factors into consideration before putting any hardware or software feature. For nfc, there hasn't been much demand even android phones having it. More retailers, airlines, shops, websites are including passbook. NFC is well used by samsung with the tags and other things. But nfc payments are rare and haven't taken off. It's the same as having blue-ray in xbox. The cost of blue-ray discs were very high when xbox first launched and Microsoft did a favor by not including it and selling an xbox cheaper than ps3 and eventually won the race. NFC will eventually come once Apple figures out payments and gets all the retailers alongside them. Apple always going to want a cut in every major feature and that's what businesses all strive for. profits!

why will he be mad? i love this new 6 month refresh cycle. means i can upgrade every year now. I take of my stuff and can resell it and pay for most of the new one.

When you buy a computer, the next month there is a better process, etc in there.

Apple loves people like you almost as much as the ones that just buy every new product without reselling the "old" ones. I hope the beginning of "Fight Club" doesn't seem too familiar to you...

That doesn't bother me. I have the money to do it and still save. Years ago I would upgrade my laptop every year and sell my old one. Any company would love that not just apple. Samsung is trying the same thing and doing very well at it too.

I sit in a cube every day with white shirt and tie. So yes it is familiar to me but it pays the bills, 2 cars and 2 houses so i don't care.

DoomsDayMayan said,
I can't wait for the iPad Mini with Retina display. That's what I'm holding out for.
That's not how Apple planned it. They want you to buy NOW and then buy again. It's why they built the sucky display into the mini, so they can present the amazing, magical, whatever mini with Retina a year later. It's pure strategy.

That's a cute story.
Perhaps they built it with a cheaper display so that they can sell it at the lowest price that they can.
Perhaps I was smart enough to know that so I said to myself let me wait it out when they can sell a better display for me at that price point.
Perhaps that all there is to it.
Perhaps you like to make up a silly fantasy where Apple is always the villain.
Perhaps I don't wear a tinfoil hat and believe in such stupid conspiracies.

*hehe* Now there's squeezing the last drop of blood out of the iSheep. Apple knows very well that a LOT of people have those products just because they are stylish - and so that other people can see them. That won't work with last years's models (just like all the accessoires for which Apple takes a part of the revenue for making them officially licensed or something).

I wonder how long this strategy will work. The never ending hype cycle is definitely starting to annoy even the most avid Apple fans around me. Will spitting out overpriced 'must-haves' at double the speed finally make them rethink? I wonder...

That is on them then. No one is forcing them to upgrade every cycle. I still have the Ipad2 and will be getting the next one when it comes out. If it is as thin as the mini that will be a wonder, but keeping the same battery and screen life. Actually a 6 month fresh cycle would be great.

Wow are you dense or what? No one forces anyone to buy the latest models and everything works with all of the models. The software works fine from ipad 2 to ipad 4. Only last year, did Apple release an additional ipad model. It was also due to the christmas season coming soon and Apple wanted the new ipad users to have the updated ipads with the new lighting connectors that they used in the iphone. I'm glad they moved to the new dock connector. THe old one was fat and bulky and I really don't care for anybody who would cry over the changes. Companies change things all the time. Heck look at sony and at how many different proprietary storage cards that they've made over the past 10 years. The lightning connector was a good step into the future after nearly 10 years of using the old connector. The users crying about the new connector can suck it up and buy the plug for the old connector or just use their old iOS devices. They'll still keep working. The never ending hype cycle is because the american media and blogs especially love apple. It's not apple's fault and they are out of the media for a long long time. They release very few products and there is no 6 month release cycle. Last year was a rare one because they only launched the new lightning connector on the iphone late in september. Only the stupidest of people feel the need to have the latest thing for no reason and will throw a hissy-fit if Apple releases a new model. Heck, Samsung releases more models with different sizes than anybody else and also gets hyped up. Don't blame apple for the hype. The media overblows everything related to Apple. Regarding how long the strategy will work? Well, we've hearing the demise of Apple with the ipod killers in last decade and now too. They'll be fine and keep churning right along.

szo said,
Wow are you dense or what? No one forces anyone to buy the latest models and everything works with all of the models.
Indeed. But as I said, there IS a sizeable portion of Apple users who are not into productivity but into showing off. Of course you can still get things done with an iPad 1. But there are enough iSheep who will buy, buy, buy whatever comes out just to have the latest and greatest. It's also why I think that not changing the designs much any more could become a problem for Apple. When you can't see at one glance how one of the posers has the newest model, it's one less reason for them to spend a sizeable amount.

Additionally, the endless hype cycle of rumours, more 'rumours' (no doubt in part coming straight out of Cupertino), release in form of a high-tech mass, and the mandatory 'delivery bottlenecks' for PR reasons for a few days afterwards is getting very stale and might just tip the point against Apple. It's becoming embarassing, not only for the company but the thousands of newspapers and news sites like Neowin who will repeat everything with 'Apple' in it ad infinitum.

The hype is not apple's fault. They release very few products compared to Microsoft and Samsung. Remember, a lot of people actually use Apple computers/iphones/ipads for real work. Heck, even google engineers use them extensively (since windows is banned on the googleplex) and almost 90% of the tech startups here in the valley use Apple products. The whole hype has increased because Apple got very famous in the consumer space. Regarding people buying to show off, I think you will find that kind of materialistic consumerism for every single brand either for clothes, shoes, electronics, music, etc. People are just like that. They will buy a $700 phone and will only use 20% of the phone's functions and potential. The media has ruined Apple's image with constant releases for every single patent that apple files or stupid stories like steve job's boat. Other companies also file patents everyday too. The term iSheep is stupid. There are diehard fanboys for every products. There are normal people who will always buy the latest Samsung galaxy phones.

i'll save you some post space: every ipad/iphone/mac will generally be aiming for a thinner/lighter design, every 6month to a year... until it's so thin you can't even see or touch it.

Greetings from China. It doesn't matter how thin it is, if it requires Chinese people to enter data using an onscreen QWERTY typewriter it will fail in Asia. In January we'll have Surface Pro with a handwriting interface that will make Chinese (Japanese/Korean/Thai/etc) input far simpler.

I hope they don't go with the iPad mini design. Just tested one today from my little cousin.
Hard to believe, but Jobs was right. The bezel is needed. I was mistakenly touching the left and right edges )Portrait mode only) because I did not have a resting place on the device. It was comfortable, I guess, but not as good as the original iPad.

The iOS software detects the accidental touches near the edges and knows if your palm is there and doesn't count them as gestures!

Walrush said,
Really milking those iSheep for all their worth aren't they. Suckers.


I heard they are finally going to enforce the upgrades with guns... /s

GS:mac

All other ipads will send out a message instructing users that it will explode in 10 seconds and give them directions to the nearest apple store( google maps ofc)

It needs to be lighter. Size is fine but the iPad 3/4 is too heavy IMO. I wouldn't be surprised if it was released in spring or fall. I don't think they will go for a normal 6 month release...that isn't really Apple's style. They have had multiple releases in a year on some product lines before but it is normally a fluke year. Never know...they are under a new CEO so he may be making some changes.

True! The ipad 4 was only released because it was a minor update wiith slight processor upgrade but major changes to the dock connector! They knew that they were going to sell tons of these before christmas and wanted everyone to be on the same page! I doubt they would release the ipad 4 so quickly,, probably will be september/october. Untill WWDC in June, the new OS X operating system and mac pros will cover it probably!

I would like to see better file handling. Android I can just plug device in and drag a folder into it. With apple its a mess with plugging in, opening itunes, finding app tab and the adding to there. Itunes is not the fastest app around.

Also would like to see better stylus support. Would love to be able to just use a stylus to draw, paint, over even use with evernote or onenote

i was under the impression they released the 4th due to correct the release time-line. I could be wrong but i don't think they would release 3 models in 1 year.

They need to give each release an actual name, even if it is '5th generation' etc because, as the poster above rightly said, its going to become hell getting accessories that fit.

With all these releases it almost feels that Apple had each generation planned over a longer time period but had to rush release in order to keep up with others. Maybe it would have been best to do bigger jumps instead of smaller ones, if the next iPad had come out instead of the 4th gen then Apple would be seen as possibly ahead of the competition.

Orange Battery said,
They need to give each release an actual name, even if it is '5th generation' etc because, as the poster above rightly said, its going to become hell getting accessories that fit.

With all these releases it almost feels that Apple had each generation planned over a longer time period but had to rush release in order to keep up with others. Maybe it would have been best to do bigger jumps instead of smaller ones, if the next iPad had come out instead of the 4th gen then Apple would be seen as possibly ahead of the competition.

Yeah I confused the hell out of the "Specialists" when I went in about having my "the new iPad" replaced with iPad (Due to mis-selling regarding 4G compatibility in the UK)

Why does it need to be any thinner? To me, that just means it is more fragile.

Apple: Work on updating iOS rather than hardware changes.

THe hardware designers don't design or develop the software. Even though the ipad is quite thin right now, it's still quite heavy and the weight can and thickness can be reduced by the same fused display technology that they used for the new imac and ipad mini.

szo said,
THe hardware designers don't design or develop the software.

Wrong. Jonathan Ive received a leading role in OS X and iOS' interface design too.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that! But he runs a large team of hardware and software designers separate from each other too!

.Neo said,

Wrong. Jonathan Ive received a leading role in OS X and iOS' interface design too.

Let's not kid ourselves here buddies, he's got plenty of brain resources left to spend on all that.

And yea: team. 'nuff said

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Let's not kid ourselves here buddies, he's got plenty of brain resources left to spend on all that.

And yea: team. 'nuff said

GS:mac


Szo claimed Apple hardware designers don't work on software products. I merely pointed out that they in fact do. Nothing more, nothing less.

Brandon said,
Why does it need to be any thinner? To me, that just means it is more fragile.
Apple: Work on updating iOS rather than hardware changes.

They don't make any money off of OS changes, but getting people to want a new ipad every few months gets them big bucks!

Why do people keep saying that there will be a new ipad every few months? Their products have always had yearly releases and the ipad 4 was a rare quick release to accomodate for the new connector. Your could have bought the ipad 3 too and it would have worked properly too. The ipad doesn't stop working the minute a new one comes out! You buy a product for the features that it has at that particular time and not on the basis of promised future updates. Companies have no obligation to support products for more than their general release cycles. The current features in your products will always work, but companies are under no obligation to make sure to provide future software updates to you that require the newer models. iOS products usually can last 3 to 4 generations and that's quite a long time.

Mordkanin said,
Changing the form factors every few months is super-annoying for accessories.

March 2011 was few months ago?

.Neo said,

March 2011 was few months ago?

And little Timmy Cook had the nerve to call the Surface compromising and confusing.

omgben said,
What's confusing about the iPad? Cases made for the 4th gen iPad fit the iPad 2, hence the March 2011 statement...

Which one should I get, the one with the big screen, the little screen, the one with the high resolution or low resolution or wait for the little one (the compromise) with a higher resolution.

Of course the Surface is released, and Tiny Tim is all confused, but he puts out device after device in such a short time with only a change in connector that obsoletes all existing accessories, and that is not confusing.

Good grief!!!! They are now copying Microsoft. And here I thought the iPad community were supposed to be the style-leaders and not the clone-crowd. Don't they have any ideas of their own and have to rip off Microsoft?

How are they copying Microsoft? The iPad has been around quite a bit longer than Surface. Thinner and lighter are definitely good because mt Nexus 10 feels great, but I don't know if I woul dbuy an iPad 5 if it was only thinner and lighter. It would have to have some new feature or an A7 chip or something/

Dinggus said,

Maybe you should start going to the gym.

szo said,
It's heavy after prolonged usage! The weight and thickness of ipad mini is nice!

My wife complains that my dick gets heavy after a prolonged usage.

The iPad is NOT heavy, prolonged usage or not.

Only reason I went with the Mini is for maximum portability for traveling.

patseguin said,
How are they copying Microsoft? The iPad has been around quite a bit longer than Surface. Thinner and lighter are definitely good because mt Nexus 10 feels great, but I don't know if I woul dbuy an iPad 5 if it was only thinner and lighter. It would have to have some new feature or an A7 chip or something/

Quoted the wrong person.