Apple has been changing the release schedule for new iOS devices like crazy in the past two years, with the 2011 iPhone 4S releasing in October and the 2012 iPhone 5 releasing in September. Things have gotten pretty crazy with the iOS device refresh, leaving many confused on when Apple will be releasing its next device. Recently, sources have claimed that Apple is testing new One Glass Solution Retina displays for the new 7.85-inch iPad Mini 2. While Apple has just released the iPad Mini and iPad 4 in November, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White says that the company is ready to release the iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 in March of this year.
Brian White sent out a note to clients stating that the next iPad Mini 2nd generation and iPad 5th generation will be releasing in March, with the iPad 5 to have a lighter and thinner design. He goes on to mention that the iPad Mini will keep the same form factor as the first generation iPad Mini, with no word on whether or not the new iOS device will have a Retina display.
Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.
While the iPad Mini is a fantastic device as it is, without a redesign or a Retina display, the only thing Apple can really change is hardware. It doesn’t seem like an upgrade for things like the processor, camera, and memory would be of much appeal to consumers. We see it as there are two types of people in this world; those owning an iPad Mini that are manage just fine without a Retina display, and those who are holding off to buy an iPad Mini because they want a Retina display.
However, an iPad 5 refresh with a redesign, faster processor and some other goodies can very well appeal to customers who own an iPad 3rd generation, and do not wish to upgrade to the fairly similar iPad 4th generation.
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