The announcement of the iPad 4 during Apple’s October 2012 event came as a surprise to many, but one expert was quick to predict that the company would release a thinner, lighter iPad 5 in early 2013. Now we have a more likely release date, more pictures apparently showing the device in all its glory (with components too) so read on to find the best information rounded up from the web about the new iPad. Check out our iPad 5 rumors article below:
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iPad 5 Price and Availability
Our current thinking is that we’ll see the iPad 5 launched at an event sometime in October 2013, the 15 Oct the most likely date at the moment. Given the comparative schedule of last year’s iPad Mini and iPad 4 launch, this seems to make a lot of sense. When Apple introduces a new product it’s usually priced to match the one that it supersedes. So with this in mind, we’re looking at US$499 (£399, AU$539) for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad 5, US$599 (£479, AU$649) for the 32GB model, US$699 (£559, AU$759) for the 64GB and US$799 (£639, AU$869) for the 128GB iPad.
iPad 5 Features and Specifications
Apple gave the iPad 4 a new A6X processor system-on-a-chip, which it claims to be twice as fast as the previous iPad. It also gained the new lightning connector and better LTE support. But that’s all the new features iPad fans got with the fourth-gen tablet. And considering the current iPad is the same weight, thickness and price point as its predecessor, it’s very possible Apple is looking to produce a slimmed-down version.
It seems also certain that we’ll see a version of the A7 processor used in the iPhone 5S, and possibly even an uprated A7X, to allow the inevitable Touch ID fingerprint scanning and better graphical processes that the new iPad will be packing.And could it come in Space Grey? Certainly seems that way, given the iPhone 5S did the same and recent pictures have shown the same. The other big thought is that the new iPad 5 will need to be lighter, to match up to the likes of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z which currently is the reviewers’ favourite. To this end, analysts and supply chain sources believe the battery reduction and improved manufacturing processes will see a 15% thinner iPad and one that’s between 25%- and 33% thinner than the current model, taking it under 500g.