This morning we covered rumors about the iPad 5 and now iLounge has some tantalizing details on not just the iPad 5, but iPhone 5S and iPad mini (2?) as well.
Direct from iLounge here are some more tidbits to mull over:
(1) The iPhone 5S is still months away from mass production, but our source suspects that the star feature will be an upgraded rear camera—perhaps featuring Sony’s 13-Megapixel sensor, plus the aforementioned flash upgrade—along with a processor bump. Current prototypes are codenamed N51 and N53, with July mentioned as the target date.
(2) The iPad 5’s code name is J72. As mentioned before, it looks like an October release, give or take.
(3) The second-generation iPad mini has a code name of J85, and is currently planned for October, as well. Everyone we’ve spoken with assumes that it will look and feel basically the same as the first-generation model but feature a Retina screen. That said, no one has actually come up with deeper details on it quite yet. If it’s going to go Retina without substantial body changes, it will need a thin, dense screen (read: IGZO), and it remains to be seen whether there will be enough of those to go around this year.
Of all of these points, point 1 is 100% realistic and believable. With the iPhone becoming the point-n-shoot camera of choice for millions of people, bumping the camera from 8 to 13 megapixels is…awesome. Coming in July? Heck yeah. Not that folks who just bought the iPhone 5 on a subsidized two (or in Canada three) year contract will be jumping in line for the device, but I don’t think that will keep it from being a success.
On a retina iPad mini, if Apple can pull it all off keeping it thin, light, and with decent battery life that could be an out of the park success. All of us with first generation minis will be looking at it with a tinge of sadness. I’d also wager that if there is a Retina mini, the iPad 2 will finally be retired and we’ll see a full-sized iPad, non-retina iPad mini, and Retina iPad mini as Apple’s iPad line up. The iPad 2 was a great non-retina stop gap until the iPad mini was launched, now I don’t think Apple needs a non-Retina, full-sized iPad in the line up any more.
And the iPad 5…all plausible, just not exciting.
What’s your take? Timing right? Models on the mark? Let us know in the comments.