New iPad to be Released March 2013?
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New iPad to be Released March 2013?


With the launch of the iPad 4 several months ago, Apple did indicate that it was trying something different with the year-long rotation of its product lines. Now if a new report coming out of Asia is to be believed, the Cupertino tech giant is preparing the fifth generation iPad with a release date scheduled for as early as next March.

Japanese blog Macotakara reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Apple would release a thinner and lighter version of the 9.7-inch iPad in March 2013. The report also added that the device would come with a new look, closely resembling the iPad mini that featured the iPhone 5’s black/slate and white/ silver designs.

Here is an excerpt from the report:

“However Chinese news ZOL (CBS Interactive) reported next iPad mini in AppleInsider's article, according to my inside source, iPad (5) 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 [sic].”

The report also stated some dimensions for the fifth generation iPad iteration: “4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm.” As 9TO5Mac pointed out, although “these numbers are obviously unrealistic expectations for the fifth-generation iPad’s actual size, these numbers would make sense in the context of being millimeters smaller in all of the iPad’s physical dimensions than the current iPad.”

Given that the existing fourth generation iPad comes in dimensions of 241.2mm by 185.7mm by 9.4mm, subtracting Macotakara’s numbers “would point to a thinner iPad that is slightly shorter and narrower.”

If the rumors turn out to be true, the next-generation iPad could be as thin as the 7.2mm iPad mini.

The March 2013 release of the fifth generation iPad would definitely be aggressive by Apple's standards. But blasting out new iPad updates every six months would help the company “to make sure Microsoft, Google, Samsung and Amazon can't catch up in the tablet market,” Business Insider has pointed out.

While Steve Jobs’ focus was on visionary products, CEO Tim Cook, with his expertise in managing the supply chain, could differentiate Apple “by launching premium products that are continuously refreshed,” the report added.

The Macotakara also claimed that a second generation iPad mini was also being prepared. The smaller iPad would likely feature an all-new 7.9-inch Retina display with the same resolution as the third and fourth generation iPads (2048 x 1536 pixels) and an A6X processor.

In November, DigiTimes also reported that the upcoming version of the iPad could be released in the "Middle of 2013,” boosting “demand for ICs– in particular communication-related chips– during the latter half of the first quarter.”

Kukil Bora is a technology reporter for the International Business Times, where this report first appeared.

March 9, 2013 at 22:56

The thinness, just 0.5 inches, the light weight, just 1.5 pounds, and also the flexibility of this new device are sure to make the iPad popular with Internet marketers and anyone on the go. With its high resolution LED backlight, it’s larger display, it’s responsive multi-touch screen and its powerful Apple-designed processor, the new iPad will be thin and light enough to take anywhere. And I suspect that many people will choose to do exactly that.

March 4, 2013 at 03:59

I bought iPad third generation on launch day last year. iPad 4 comes out 8 months later and iPad 5 will possibly be out next month. As an Apple fan I love their products but this accelerated refresh cycle makes me upset. How can my iPad be 2 models behin on it's 1 year anniversary? Rediculous :(

February 18, 2013 at 03:18

I have a Windows 8 Desktop, Windows Vista laptop, Apple iPod (2nd Gen) and a Google Nexus 7 tablet. I love them all for various reasons, but mostly for my own perceived tech value for my dollars spent. Sure, I'm thinking about the next gen iPad, but only for a specific purpost and not to replace anything else. I love my tech toys, but I realize that they will all eventually be outdated. Technology advances just that quickly. Batteries can only be recharged a limited number of times and most are not replaceable, so  what you've spent on hardware, apps and media for these toys will be lost unless available in the cloud.

Even then, apps will be updated, music tastes may change, etc. Everyone has good and bad experiences with their chosen products and nothing will be perfect for you or for everyone. We all make adjustments – and sometimes sacrifices - in our desires based upon our wants, needs and bugetary constraints. It tickles me that people are so excited about their personal tech toys that they get downright nasty about the choices other people make. Be kind to one another and realize that this is America and be thankful we have the right of personal choices and that we don't have to be dictated to by anyone else. Respectfully submitted…..

February 10, 2013 at 12:23

Yay! If this ipad comes out in march then i will b getting it 4 my bday

February 3, 2013 at 09:39

i think same as iPhone4s and Iphone5

February 3, 2013 at 05:34

The window 8 tablet crashed on its debut when Microsoft released it and android had been in the tablet business from the start and hadnt any breakthrough. For those who are not so bothered to modify every symbol or icon on your screen, Apple is still the best choice currently. Besides, iOS is so much faster.

January 28, 2013 at 00:54

Aurface and Android don't have the apps that iOS has though, and in some cases CAN'T have the apps. Android is still a much slower OS than iOS, and Windows RT hasn't even bothered to include half the features that iOS has had since the beginning.

I come from a musical background, and some of the highest grossing apps are Music creation apps. Android's audio support is terrible, and Microsoft haven't even put basic MIDI support into RT, so developing music apps is going to be very difficult.

Bottom line, don't count Apple out just yet

January 27, 2013 at 14:20

Sorry. That is suppose to say sense not since. Lol

January 27, 2013 at 14:19

Everyone likes what they like. No since in arguing. If we all liked the same things the world would be a boring and unproductive place. Tech away on what you like! :)

January 26, 2013 at 10:54

What all of you have to realize is that everyone has their preference. I personally like the iPad, but I don't care if you don't. People refer to an "apple cult" when they belong to the "microsoft cult." Please realize that if you like microsoft…it is okay. You are allowed to like what you have. People get into these biases because what you have must be the best because if it were not, why would you have it? If you are going to criticize others, please look in the mirror and realize you are doing the same. It is okay to have your preference, but why is there a feud between consumers of these products? You are reveling in the success of a company when you had nothing to do with it personally. When you say "people want" you really mean "I want." Stop trying to speak for everyone else. You cannot generalize just because you like something someone else does not. I also like the surface, but I don't prefer it. 

January 25, 2013 at 00:57

It’s obvious that you’ve never seen or touched a Microsoft Surface tablet.

Ur telling is the same lame “once you go apple you never go back to microsoft” story that originates from the year 2003.

Ur stuck with ur head in apple’s cult and you fail to acknowledge their lack of innovation and improvement.

People want more than the same boring formula that apple introduced and never changed since 2007.

Reckognize and realise.

January 23, 2013 at 11:19

Funny Sanah, you do realise don't you that apple own the PDF format don't you? I spend more time updating my Adobe software than I do using it! Flash is old tech, adobe killed off flash for mobile devices over 12mths ago. As for the consumer being bored that again isn't true, consumers upgrade every 2yrs, how old is your phone, tablet or laptop? Apple are the market leader in tablet devices in schools, they aren't going to be knocked off their perch anytime soon. It's obvious you've never owned an apple product because I can tell you once you've gone apple you would never go back to Microsoft 

January 21, 2013 at 05:43

I herd that they were giving free ipads out

January 20, 2013 at 00:33

The game is over for apple iPads – with the release of iPad every year customer have got into the mode of technology fatigue. 
There is a resurgence of Windows8 based Tablets it is just matter of time that Apple is expected to be relegated to 3rd place after android and windows tablet
Take any Apple gadget they have become so boring all look same with different sized gadgets doing almost the same ththin the customer needs a big leap in terms of design, look & feel and differentiation ffeatures more recent trend scene that parents moving to Windows8 tablets as most of the oofficial work happens in word excel & ppt Microsoft applications, more importantly PDFs and flash based portals. Hence iPad being used by kids of the house while parents moving back to support Microsoft Products

December 28, 2012 at 22:47

Any advertorials about Samsung for balance

December 26, 2012 at 02:08

So is there any major difference between any of these products, I wonder

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