iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2: Launch Date? Features?
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iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2: Launch Date? Features?


Editor’s Note: Also see our recent series comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5: Part 1 and Part 2.

A quick look at the calendar will remind you that it’s been months since Apple released the iPad 4, iPad Mini and the iPhone 5. With technology moving forward at a rapid pace, and with the majority of gadget manufacturers making way for their upcoming devices, Apple is definitely brewing something of its own.

We’re all expecting the iPhone 5S and the iPad 5 to go on sale later this year, while the possibility of an iPad Mini 2 hitting the market is a good one as well. Although nothing so far has been officially confirmed, rumors continue to pour in and make the headlines.

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The Diplomat has previously rounded up several interesting rumors surrounding the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. Today we are going to take a similar approach in regards to the next generation of iPads.


iPad 5 – Lighter and Thinner

Unlike with the iPhone 5S which is surrounded by a thick layer of outlandish rumors, reports concerning the upcoming iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 are more sensible and built on a somewhat sturdier ground.

Judging by a set of leaked pictures, the iPad 5 will be thinner than its predecessor and will also feature a much smaller bezel. Leaks have also depicted an alleged iPad 5 front panel which looks like an oversized iPad Mini more than anything else.

CNET has also reported that the next generation iPad will most likely benefit from an updated LED backlight system, and due to the use of less but more efficient LEDs, the tablet’s weight will be trimmed. The device’s display is also expected to receive an update, but it’s unclear whether or not the changes will be drastic, or if IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) will be used.

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