Analyst chap: awesome iPad 5 to restore iPad/iPad mini balance

Analyst chap: awesome iPad 5 to restore iPad/iPad mini balanceThe iPad mini was very much the star of the show at Apple’s October 23 gathering last year, but – to be fair – the iPad 4 (pictured) is pretty much just an iPad 3 with a Lightning connector; nothing worth getting too excited about.

And while the iPad mini is thought to be outselling the larger iPad at present, TrendForce analyst Eric Chiou predicts that a spanking new iPad 5 will balance things out when it arrives in Q3.

That’s the story according to, uhm, Eric Chiou’s crystal ball, I guess. Said crystal ball reveals an overhauled iPad 5, universally hailed as the Best iPad Ever. Or something.

“Firstly, for the improvement on product design itself, the next generation of iPad will apply the thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad mini and use the narrow bezel panel design to solve the issue of larger volume, thickness, and weight that have been criticized to gain a better balance for consumers in mobility and visual experiences,” reads the TrendForce report.

T-Force reckons the iPad mini will account for 65% of overall iPad sales in Q1 and Q2 this year, but proposes that it’ll be more like 50/50 in the wake of the iPad 5’s release. Assuming humanity isn't wiped out by a giant meteor in the meantime.

The Trendoids go on to suggest that the iPad 2 will be retired when the iPad 5 comes along. Yeah, my mum could’ve probably told you that.

via: BGR

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Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 16:07

So his crystal ball doesn't stretch as far as expecting an ipad mini 2 to alter the balance too.

Expecting the ipad 3s replacement in q3 is moderately interesting if mini is doing better.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:28

Unless they drastically overhaul iOS, I'm not interested. And am I the only one who really doesn't like the iPad Mini?

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:30

You'd given the impression you did. Well that was the impression I'd got from you anyway...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:41

No... I said it felt wrong. Plasticky when you tap the screen, and at times laggy. Apps run okay, battery life is cool, and I said I found the screen perfectly fine (re people b*tching about non-retina).
It's better than 7-inch tabs I used (haven't spent much time with N7), but it feels a bit like a wannabe.

Pondlife  Feb. 22, 2013 at 22:51

Only recall you mentioning the plasticky bit, not the laggy for sure, somewhat surprising given it shouldn't be worse than the 2...

Guess many of those buying haven't had another one to compare to?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 22, 2013 at 23:02

Guess so... Not a big deal :p
I wouldn't buy one - though I enjoy using my BH's now and again.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 01:07

Unless they drastically overhaul iOS, I'm not interested. And am I the only one who really doesn't like the iPad Mini?
Nope, it's a typical Apple product; expensive and underspecced.

Pondlife  Feb. 23, 2013 at 01:21

Don't think he really meant us, just surprised that it's outselling the bigger ones. If he did mean us, oh Jan....

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 01:30

Don't think he really meant us, just surprised that it's outselling the bigger ones. If he did mean us, oh Jan....
Sorry, pub eyes misinterpreted...

Pondlife  Feb. 23, 2013 at 01:39

I'd like to think we'd made it clear we aren't exactly on it's facebook friends list :)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 01:58

I'd like to think we'd made it clear we aren't exactly on it's facebook friends list :)
To quote an especially eloquent friend of mine "I'd kick its head in".

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 06:59

Hahaha
Yeah, I didn't mean you Android lot :p
Matt, I dislike it more because it's not like an Apple product in that it feels really too light/ lack 'substance' - sounds cheap and hollow when you tap it... Not talking about RAM or processor or pixel density...

Pondlife  Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:47

Sounds like an oldschool apple product then

At least it's not an ugly beige or a glaring bright colour..

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 23, 2013 at 12:00

True.

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