iPad 5 may launch solo in September – iPad Mini 2 to follow?

News Paul Briden 17:42, 8 Jul 2013

Apple's iPad 5 might launch alone in September with the iPad Mini 2 following later in the year

Apple’s much-anticipated iPad 5 could launch independently of other iDevices in September if new reports prove to be accurate.

According to DigiTimes and its unnamed ‘sources from the upstream supply chain,’ Apple will announce the full-size iPad 5 tablet in September while the iPad Mini 2 is still being tweaked with ‘further upgrades in specifications’. This may mean it will launch later rather than in tandem with the iPad 5 as was previously thought. The original iPad Mini launched alongside the iPad 4 in October 2012.

‘Since upstream suppliers have mostly finished preparing for the production of the new 9.7-inch iPad, there is unlikely to be any changes in terms of specifications for the device,’ reports the Asian publication.

Of the iPad 5’s improvements on its predecessor, the report claims it will have a Retina display and a slimmer bezel for a ‘bigger viewing area’. It’s also thought battery life has been improved.

The sources also say that suppliers have so far primarily been engaged in what it calls ‘pilot production’, but adds that this has produced sufficient inventory to ‘satisfy demand for the initial launch.’ The report claims Apple will give shipment estimates at the end of July or beginning of August.

DigiTimes tipsters believe Apple is still deciding whether or not to go for a Retina display on the iPad Mini 2. Depending on how this decision pans out, we could see the smaller iPad successor delayed until the end of Q4. At the same time, Apple is allegedly trying to shrink the iPad Mini 2’s bezel even further, another factor which could delay the launch.

A lot of this sounds a bit odd to us as we can’t really imagine Apple leaving such vital decisions until the last minute. Such things are generally planned out well in advance, i.e. while the product design is still on drawing boards at Cupertino.

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