The 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.