A new report suggests that Apple is gearing up to release both a fifth generation iPad and the second generation iPad mini in the final three months of 2013. Should this prove to be true, it appears that the company is aiming to end 2013 on a very high note.
Rumors are gaining strength that Apple will introduce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Sept. 10, but the general consensus has been that the iPads will warrant their own announcement at a different time. Anonymous sources speaking with Bloomberg have stated that Apple will be holding back the iPad and iPad mini for the fourth quarter of this year meaning an Oct. release at the earliest, and hence a separate announcement event.
The report went on to say that the fifth generation iPad will indeed be thinner than the current fourth generation, a note that has accompanied just about every rumor we’ve seen on the 9.7-inch tablet. As for the second generation iPad mini, the same sources stated that it indeed would come with a retina display, a first for the little brother to the successful iPad.
No firm date was suggested for the announcement other than “the last three months of the year,” but we feel safe in saying it will be well before Friday, Nov. 29, also known as Black Friday. As it is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the year, we can’t see any reason why Apple would want to miss out on those potential retail sales. For now, our money is on some time in early Oct.
We’ll have more information as it comes.