Analyst Amit Daryanani with RBC Capital Markets expects that Apple will unveil a new iPad mini with Retina display at its product unveiling event next week. He also expects a new 9.7-inch iPad with a thinner bezel and lighter frame. He sees the Retina iPad mini outselling the fifth-generation iPad by nearly two to one this holiday season, with the iPad mini taking a 65 percent share of Apple’s overall tablet sales, and the 9.7-inch variety accounting for the remaining 35 percent.
But that would require Apple to meet demand for an iPad mini with Retina display, he cautioned. There have been recent reports suggesting that Apple could face supply constraints with its second-generation iPad mini, due to production of the device’s expected Retina display.
To that end, analyst Ben A. Reitzes of Barclays Capital separately said in a note to investors this week that he expects “major product constraints” for a new iPad mini with Retina display. Reitzes said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Apple was forced to ship the device later in the December quarter.
Apple officially announced on Tuesday that it will hold a media event next week, on Oct. 22, to unveil new products. Updated iPads are widely expected to be the main focus of the event, which will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. Also likely to be featured in the keynote are OS X Mavericks and new Mac hardware, including the soon-to-be-released redesigned Mac Pro desktop. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern next Tuesday, and AppleInsider will be there for full, live coverage.
Apparently, silver and Space Gray aren’t the only two trims the iPad 5 will come in. The insane popularity of the Champagne trim on iPhone 5S forced Apple to make a last-minute change to its product stack. The company is mulling one for its upcoming 9.7-incher.
The Champagne iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 features the same shade of gold as the central portion of the Champagne iPhone 5S, since the iPad 5 doesn’t feature a two-tone back. The matching front bezel is likely to be white, just like on the iPhone 5S.
According to previously leaked news, the iPad 5 will adopt a similar narrow frame design, same processor and camera as on the previous generations, a 9.7-inch IGZO panel, support for stereo speakers, weight and thickness will be reduced, and may be equipped with fingerprint recognition. The iPad mini 2’s shape will have the same design, but the processor and camera will be improved, it may support fingerprint identification, but may not be equipped with a Retian screen.
Chinese publication CTechCN posted these pictures of what it claims to be the Champagne iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. The pictures look plausible to us although we won’t bet our gold on it.
Those of you who were eagerly anticipating the upcoming iPad 5 should consider shifting perspective and looking into the not-so-near future, at the iPad 6. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is talking iPad 6 which he anticipates that will be a 9.7-inch iPad with a pixel density that exceeds today’s iPad by 30 percent to 40 percent.
That’s considerable, as the iPad 4 already has a pretty high pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. The iPad 5 is expected to maintain that pixel density but be thinner and lighter. The Ultra-High resolution iPad would appear in mid-2014.
He does not expect, however, a large 12.9-inch iPad: “Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12-inch form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7-inch format as we think a 12-inch iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations,” he predicted.
Whether that speculation about the non-appearance of a large iPad is borne out, remains to be seen as there has been a lot of supply chain chatter about a large iPad. Kuo also expects Apple to announce an iPad Mini Retina at Apple’s media event later this month.
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The pictures reveal a tablet that is yet again thinner than the current Retina display iPad. The tablet comes in a Space Grey colour that is similar to the iPhone 5S.
The Apple iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled in 11 days time on October 22nd. Alongside the iPad 5 we should also expect to see the second incarnation of the highly popular Apple iPad Mini – the iPad Mini 2.
Other than that we’ve got relatively little news to offer on the specifications other than that the thickness is reduced from 9.55 mm to 7.5mm and the width is reduced from 184.48mm to 169.48mm compared to the current Retina display iPad 4.
Expect more details to arrive as we edge closer to the launch event.
If you want to see all the pictures of the iPad 5 hands on then be sure to check out the original article here.
AllThingsD reports that Apple will host a large press event on October 22nd. They have previously predicted the launch date of the most recent iPhone, based on their sources, and their sources tell them that a new event is coming this month. Naturally speculation suggests we will see new iPads as we are on schedule to see new iPads but the possibility is also open to seeing the launch of something else. That said AllThingsD still thinks the event will be for the launch of a new iPad, not anything else.
The Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco are cited as the two most likely places where the event will be held. It is worth noting the event also coincides with Nokia’s Innovation Reinvented Showcase and the retail début of Microsoft’s new Surface 2 in the USA.
While the launch of the iPad 5 release date is closing in later this month, leaks and speculation have been continuously flowing. The latest is from a YouTube channel named Unbox Therapy.
Using one of the leaked iPad 5 front panels that have been roaming around from part suppliers, Unbox Therapy shows how the iPad 4’s current home button will not fit in the new build. However when he dismantled an iPhone 5S’ Touch ID home button and placed it into the iPad 5 case, they got a perfect fit. It’s like it was made perfectly for the iPad 5.
However, this is not concrete evidence that Apple will include Touch ID on the new iPad. Apple is known to adopt its new technology into the whole line of iDevices, this including the iPad mini 2 as well. So this makes perfect sense to expect the newer iPad devices with Apple’s latest technology implemented.
On the other hand, the Sapphire Crystal home button that houses Touch ID is presumably under tight constraints thanks to iPhone 5S popularity, so in some regards, it may make sense for Apple to leave it out of this iPad generation – making for a bit of inconsistency. We will just have to wait for the release and know for certain what will the new iPad devices have in regards with the previous generations.
Apple hasn’t officially confirmed an event for October, but many publications have word Apple will announce the iPad 5, iPad mini 2, new Macs, and OS X Mavericks before the end of the year.
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