Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reports that Apple plans to launch the iPad mini (7-inch iPad) in August, followed by the next generation iPhone in September and a new 10-inch iPad in the fourth quarter.
DigiTimes claims that according to their supply chain sources, Pegatron – one of Apple’s manufacturing partners has received the order for the new iPhone and new 10-inch iPad.
Pegatron Technology reportedly has landed orders for a new-generation iPhone to be launched in September and a 10-inch iPad to be launched in the fourth quarter, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Pegatron is currently an OEM for the iPhone 4S and new iPad.
Pegatron has already finished expanding its equipment and labor force for Apple’s orders. [..]
[..] A 7-inch iPad, which reportedly will be released in August, will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry).
So lets analyze these rumors.
7-inch iPad mini in August:
While there have been several rumors that Apple will launch a smaller and cheaper iPad to compete with Android-based tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, we find it hard to believe that Apple will launch a variant of the iPad later this year. If Apple does decide to offer a smaller iPad, we expect Apple to launch it along with the next generation iPad.
Until now, most rumors have indicated a 7.85-inch iPad, will come with a 1024×768 resolution, which is the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2. So the possibility of a 7-inch iPad seems to be quite remote.
Next Generation iPhone in September:
Apple launched iPhone 4S in October last year instead of June, so we don’t expect Apple to launch the next generation before October.
New 10-inch iPad in the fourth quarter:
We’re not sure what they mean by a 10-inch iPad, as the current iPad is already 9.7-inch and we can’t think of any benefits of launching a slightly bigger iPad.
It also seems highly unlikely that Apple will launch the next generation iPad in less than 9 months of launching iPad 3.
So, to summarize, take these rumors with a truckload of salt, especially since it is DigiTimes who has a patchy track record when it comes to Apple related rumors.