Based on conversations with industry sources at CES, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says that Apple will be updating the iPad mini and the 9.7” iPad in March this year, just five months after the last refresh.
From White’s note:
Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.
While there has been a steady stream of rumors about a Retina iPad mini, White didn’t have any info on that front. With the form factor of the mini remaining the same, the most likely components to receive an upgrade are the SoC (CPU and GPU) and the RAM on the device.
White’s information likely comes from Asian suppliers, who’ve setup booths at CES, but even Apple employees are known to attend CES.
Earlier this month, White claimed that the next iPhone would come in multiple sizes and colors.
Apple’s already tried refreshing a product within a span of a few months with the 9.7” iPad. Will such a twice-a-year refresh cycle eventually expand to the iPhone as well?
Via: Business Insider