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.