Those reluctant to buy a new iPad because they are nervous that a new model is right around the corner can relax: at this point, the replacements for the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina aren’t anticipated to launch for about six months.
Apple doesn’t keep to a set schedule for new versions of its tablets, but it does follow some trends. The first three versions of its full-size model came out in springtime, while more recent ones have debuted in the fall. The latest one, the iPad Air, came out last November.
Both of the company’s smaller tablets have debuted in the fall, with the iPad mini with Retina display also hitting store shelves in November.
At this point, there have been no convincing rumors that the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 will be out before the leaves are falling. With the exception of the iPad 4, every Apple tablet has launched roughly a year after its predecessor, and both upcoming versions are currently expected to do the same.
Few details on Apple’s next tablets have come to light so far.
They are expected to use the Apple A8 processor, a faster version of the 64-bit chip that’s in the current iPad Air and iPad mini Retina.
There have also been rumors and speculation that the biometric security fingerprint scanner that debuted in the iPhone 5s will make the jump to this company’s tablets.
But these might not be the only tablets on Apple’s drawing board. There have been quite a few unconfirmed reports of an iPad Pro — which will supposedly have a 12.2-inch screen with four times the resolution, as well as the iPen Stylus. This model might come out this fall or next spring.