Previously, evidence has pointed to Apple introducing new versions of the full-size iPad and the iPad mini in September. However, a new report indicates that the iPad mini release will be pushed back to keep it from overshadowing the launch of the iPad 5.
Analysts say the 7.9-inch version of Apple’s iOS tablet is outselling the 9.7-inch version two-to-one, with many buyers citing the lower price for the mini as their reason for choosing that model. If the iPad mini 2 debuted at the same time as the iPad 5, the larger version could potentially be overshadowed, and that device has a larger profit margin for Apple.
The full-size iPad will go into full production in July-August, but full production for the smaller version will be pushed back to November, according to a report from DigiTimes. This would put the introduction of these two tablets about three months apart.
What To Expect
The iPad 5 is expected to be smaller than its predecessors, with the bezels on either size of the display thinned to reduce the overall size without reducing the screen size. New display technology will also reportedly make the device thinner and lighter.
The iPad mini 2 will allegedly look identical to the original version, but its pixel density will double. The second generation of this 7.9-inch model will allegedly have the same screen resolution as the full-size iPad: 2048 x 1536.