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Apple: New iPad 5 in September, iPad Mini later

While there are plenty of rumors about Apple's upcoming iWatch et al, there has been little to read about the iPad 5 lately. Supposedly, the unit will launch alongside the new iPhone 5, whereas a revised iPad Mini may arrive later.

If the latest rumors from Asia are correct, the next generation of Apple's iPad tablet is scheduled to launch this fall. After initial delays due to a lack of availability of key components (touch screen), mass production has now been secured, according to industry-related Taiwanese website DigiTimes. As for the specifications there will be no changes to the iPad 5 and it should be ready to launch in September, the report says.

Apple's new iPad 5 is a 9.7-inch tablet and allegedly up to 33 percent lighter than the current model. Its housing should resemble the iPad Mini, which in turn is about 23 percent thinner than the iPad 4. In addition, the touch screen is 0.05 mm thinner than its predecessor and illuminated by just one LED, which should help reduce energy consumption. 

The situation is a bit different for the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Supposedly, Apple is currently weighing its options for including a high-resolution display for the Mini. The current unit's current resolution is just 1024x768 (163 ppi). Due to the possible inclusion of a "Retina" display, the iPad Mini might not reach the market before the end of 2013, according to the report. 


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Ronald Tiefenthäler, 2013-07- 9 (Update: 2013-07- 9)