iPad mini-style iPad 5 tipped for March 2013 launch

iPad mini-style iPad 5 tipped for March 2013 launchApple’s release schedule is very much up in the air, with the iPad mini being joined – somewhat surprisingly – by an iPad 4 in October, just seven months after the launch of the iPad 3.

As such, we’re not entirely sure whether or not to expect a new iPad in Q1 next year (as per tradition), but Japanese site Macotakara, for one, reckons we most certainly should.

If the latest iPad 5 rumours are true, that’d leave iPad 3 owners two generations behind after one year of ownership. Hmm.

And do we really need a new iPad? iPad 4 specs are pretty beastly, including a 2048 x 1536 resolution, nippy dual-core A6X processor, and 5MP rear camera. A slouch it ain’t.

However, Macotakara reckons it’s the iPad 4’s apparent chunkiness that’ll be addressed. At 662g and 9.4mm thick, the iPad 4 is more than twice as heavy as the iPad mini, and 2.2mm thicker.

The Macotakara rumour reads: “According to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013. Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight. (The expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).”

Inevitably you’ll be looking at those proposed iPad 5 dimensions of 4mm x 17mm x 2mm and thinking ‘What?!’ And you’d be right; those dimensions make no sense at all.

However, as observed by 9to5mac, it’s likely that Macotakara means the iPad 5 will be reduced by those dimensions (from the iPad 4 baseline), bringing it more in line with the iPad mini.

Macotakara has a fairly decent track record when it comes to rumourmongering, so don't go overboard with the salt. Still, an iPad 5 just five months after the iPad 4? Not cool, Apple. Not cool.

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:03

The iPad 4 was only released so that their flagship iPad had a lightning connector, it completed the set of flagship iOS devices having the new connector. In my mind it's never been a "proper" release, they just stuck the A6X chip in there to make it seem slightly more worthwhile.

Also, I really like the design of the iPad Mini, it just has pathetic specs (and a huge price tag), an iPad Mini styled iPad 5 is something I'd very much like to see.

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:29

Maybe lightning needed the new a6x chip too

Without the pathetic spec maybe it'd be even dearer.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:36

Maybe lightning needed the new a6x chip too

Without the pathetic spec maybe it'd be even dearer.

I doubt they'd break the existing pricing structure for the full sized iPad. I don't really care though, I just want to play with one not actually buy one.

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:36

Alternatively why bother putting out a good one first as lots off idiots will buy it regardless.
And then many will buy the new one too.
ker-ching!

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:48

Alternatively why bother putting out a good one first as lots off idiots will buy it regardless.
And then many will buy the new one too.
ker-ching!

Good first iPad or good first iPad Mini? I'm lost...

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 17:10

mini, though I guess almost equally valid.

mullerman  Dec. 24, 2012 at 18:45

All these comments about pathetic spec ...... your only using it for internet, some Apps, photo editing etc

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 18:53

All these comments about pathetic spec ...... your only using it for internet, some Apps, photo editing etc
a) I don't own one, so technically I don't use it for anything
b) Who are you to tell people what they use their device for, no offence?
c) I'm pretty sure a retina display and an A6X chip would have made all the things you stated people apparently use iPad Minis for better (not to mention gaming)
d) It's not just about the specs, it's about price vs specs. If the tablet was sub-£200, the specs would seem far more reasonable, but at nearer £300 (for the base model, bear in mind) they're an absolute joke.

All the iPad Mini seems to have going for it is the design, it's very pretty IMO, and the screen format, I really like the 7.9" size with the 4:3 layout.

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 18:55

All these comments about pathetic spec ...... your only using it for internet, some Apps, photo editing etc

Yeah might as well have shipped it with a 320x480 256 colour screen.

mullerman  Dec. 24, 2012 at 19:03

All these comments about pathetic spec ...... your only using it for internet, some Apps, photo editing etc
a) I don't own one, so technically I don't use it for anything
b) Who are you to tell people what they use their device for, no offence?
c) I'm pretty sure a retina display and an A6X chip would have made all the things you stated people apparently use iPad Minis for better (not to mention gaming)
d) It's not just about the specs, it's about price vs specs. If the tablet was sub-£200, the specs would seem far more reasonable, but at nearer £300 (for the base model, bear in mind) they're an absolute joke.

All the iPad Mini seems to have going for it is the design, it's very pretty IMO, and the screen format, I really like the 7.9" size with the 4:3 layout.


I have buckets loads of everything, thirty years of gadget purchases and three kids makes me an expert! Apple kit is expensive but has a good OS. You pays your money etc.

TJ Skywasher  Dec. 24, 2012 at 21:18

It's going to be quite a technical challenge to get a retina display in an iPad mini which is why they didn't do it first time round. Cost is one factor, they'll want to keep the current price. Plus adding in a retina display will need a faster, more powerful processor and that inevitably drains the battery, they'll want to keep the same 10 hrs of battery life. So again that's going to be difficult in a device so small and thin, not to mention preserving the size of the iPad mini, when they added retina to the iPad it was slightly thicker and heavier. For what most people will use the current mini for and the market it's aimed at the current specs are fine.

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 21:33

Crock of shyte

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 21:51

Crock of shyte
Too right, if HTC can produce a 5" 1080p phone with a PPI of 440, there's no reason Apple (a far, far more wealthy company) can't produce a high-res 7.9" tablet.

Pondlife  Dec. 24, 2012 at 21:56

Still at least one person will be impressed by the inevitable..

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 22:04

Still at least one person will be impressed by the inevitable..
You mean impressed by what the first generation should have been (and would have been from any other company)...?

I love it how the die hard Apple fans genuinely think that shrinking the screen size by 1.8" required the specs to be set back nearly two years haha :D. Even the Nexus 7, which is designed to be cheap and cheerful, has a better specs...

mullerman  Dec. 24, 2012 at 23:11

Crock of shyte
Your 12.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 23:21

Crock of shyte
Your 12.

*You're

Remind me, who's the child?

mullerman  Dec. 24, 2012 at 23:25

Or the software writer in charge of auto correct.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2012 at 23:50

Bad...workman..tools...blame...

Challenge: Use these words to form a well known phrase or sentence.

Pondlife  Dec. 25, 2012 at 20:05

Crock of shyte
Your 12.


No I'm just one man with the power of a dozen. It gives me amongst other things the ability to see when a company is selling last years crap for too much money, to the gullible and impatient.
Nintendo are just about still the rulers of this game.
Unlike some, when I write a word incorrectly it's on purpose....

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2012 at 17:28

All these comments about pathetic spec ...... your only using it for internet, some Apps, photo editing etc
a) I don't own one, so technically I don't use it for anything
b) Who are you to tell people what they use their device for, no offence?
c) I'm pretty sure a retina display and an A6X chip would have made all the things you stated people apparently use iPad Minis for better (not to mention gaming)
d) It's not just about the specs, it's about price vs specs. If the tablet was sub-£200, the specs would seem far more reasonable, but at nearer £300 (for the base model, bear in mind) they're an absolute joke.

All the iPad Mini seems to have going for it is the design, it's very pretty IMO, and the screen format, I really like the 7.9" size with the 4:3 layout.


Pathetic specs... yeah, well. Of course Apple need to hold back something for the Mini "S" or double-plus-good or whatever...
Having said that: it runs every app I threw at it without any lag. The screen doesn't look horrific. I'd like a bit more 'heft' to it, though. It's nice that it is kindle-light, but there is a certain feel of fragility to it. Tap on the screen and the sound is plasticky.
I don't find the specs "pathetic" because they do the job. ALL iPad apps run adequately. Can't be a sign of "pathetic specs"... But the built gives me no confidence in using it.
May be irrational, but nope - I wouldn't buy it. I'd feel the need to wrap it in some complicated Otterbox for stability. By which time it's the size of an iPad 4 :D

It's rubbish, imho. Competent, good looking rubbish. By far the most toyish thing Apple made to this day. There. Merry Christmas.

Pondlife  Dec. 27, 2012 at 20:38

Well if the screen wasn't so low resolution, the pathetic specs might not work so well.
Sounds like apps aren't being made to use the ipad 3 power yet either.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2012 at 20:48

Well if the screen wasn't so low resolution, the pathetic specs might not work so well.
Sounds like apps aren't being made to use the ipad 3 power yet either.


Yes. Thus "adequate" :p
My better half's iPad 2 is full - less 500MB or so. Never once have I encountered problems - lag or force closes... I can't imagine what people do who cry for more power???

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