Now that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are very much a reality (and reportedly selling – or at least shipping – very well), it’s time to turn our iAttention to the imminent new tablet chaps.
They are of course the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, but while the former is largely expected in a couple of weeks, one analyst in particular reckons it could be a tad longer before the latter arrives – maybe even next year.
October 15 is currently being touted for the next Apple keynote, and Rhoda Alexander of IHS seems fairly happy that the iPad 5 will be in attendance.
However, whispering to CNET, she suggests: "The Retina Mini looks less certain for that time. Manufacturing volumes on that would match better with a Q114 [first quarter 2014] launch.”
This isn’t the first time it’s been suggested that the iPad mini 2 might arrive late to the party, possibly on account of yield problems with the Retina display. In July we were told to expect a slightly enhanced iPad mini in time for Christmas, and a Retina iPad mini shortly thereafter. Really?
But even Alexander concedes: “Given that it's Apple, one never knows."
As for the iPad 5, it’s expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPad 4 (which wouldn’t be hard), with less bezel around the display.
If the iPad 5 launch does indeed go down on October 15, that’s just two weeks from today. Excited?