Next-Generation iPads Due in April, iPhone 5S in August?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following today's research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting that the iPhone 5S could launch in July with a fingerprint sensor, Rene Ritchie at iMore confirms that the iPhone 5S will be unveiled during the summer, but targets an August release date.

    Apple has previously launched phones in June through October, with the iPhone 4S released in October and the iPhone 5 released in September.

    According to Ritchie, the upcoming iPhone 5S will be similar to the iPhone 4S, improving the internals of the phone while leaving the outer casing untouched.
    iMore is also predicting a possible April launch date for the fifth generation iPad and the second generation iPad mini, which would be in line with the previous spring launch dates for the original iPad, the iPad 2, and the third generation iPad. According to iMore, a casing redesign is expected for the fifth generation iPad, but it remains unclear if the iPad mini will feature Retina.
    Previous Retina iPad mini speculation has suggested a fall release date, which could fit in with iMore's predicted April launch if Apple moves to a bi-annual release schedule for its tablets. The Cupertino-based company could potentially release an iPad mini with a minor spec bump in April, and another with a Retina display in the fall.

    iMore has been spot on with recent Apple releases, reporting the Lightning connector several months before it was released and predicting both the iPad mini launch date and the announcement date of the iPhone 5.

    Article Link: Next-Generation iPads Due in April, iPhone 5S in August?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    this article is such a great read on my iPad 4 that I just got yesterday.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    So return it :confused:
  4. macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2005
    Quality Control and Environmental Concerns

    What really concerns me with Apple's potential accelerated product launches (on certain product lines) is the impact all these new models are having on the environment and that of the market. It's going to lead to a lot of fragmentation as clearly many people cannot afford just to go out and buy a brand new Apple device every single time a new generation is released.

    And can a company really maintain a realistic quality control on these products at the same time?

    Apple needs to slow down a bit before it starts getting messy.
  5. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Ain't gonna happen..... It would mean that the iPad 5th gen and iPad mini 2 would have to be in mass production NOW, and we have have had little evidence of actual production.

    This is just someones predictions based on a '6 month time period', not evidence of actual hardware availability.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    As are all of these "analyst" reports/predictions. Take historical time frames / previous upgrade features based on current cycle, mix in a little from the rumour mill, add a small amount of logical thought and then phrase it in overly confident, authoritative terms using industry terminology and words implying certainly like "will". There you go, every analyst report ever.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Yes apple, keep moving forward. Release the iPad 5 and iPhone 5S asap.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    The bitter side of me wants the 5S to fail. Then maybe the yawn-inducing S models will be a thing of the past.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    I see the new iPad 5 as a 'slim down and make lighter' update. iPad 4 has the retina, the speed (1800 on benchmarks vs 800 for the ipad 3) and the new connector. As such I'm happy I won't feel too much buyers remorse on my 128GB iPad 4 I got 3 days ago.

    The iPad Mini it is replacing on the other hand has probably the look the iPad line is going to take going forward but internally is a full redesign, screen, in turn processor and then battery life.
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2007
    We do. The shell has already been leaked, and with the internals likely being similar I wouldn't expect new chips. Moreover, some case designs for the "new" iPad are already hitting the market.

    I mean, I'm also not sure there's an imminent release. But there have been rumblings. :)
  12. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    If only Apple were as relentless with software as it is with hardware. Hardware seems to come easier to them these days.
  13. macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2007
    Countdown to all the "I just bought a new iPad.... and now it is obsolete." comments. lol

    If Apple takes too long to update a product they get criticized.
    If Apple updates a product too quickly they get criticized.

    It seems like people just look for reasons to complain at times.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Faster processor and a better camera, so predictable. It'll probably be iPhone 4S users' turn to upgrade.

    Having said that, I'm more interested in iOS 7 than what the new iPhone's hardware.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    restocking fee.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2002
    Not for me, I've been waiting to update my 3Gs and would love to get an iPad!
  17. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    If they release the iPad 5, will there be a "normally priced" iPad 2 still around, or will that become the iPad 3? If so, for the first time, you could get a retina iPad for the original iPad price. I think the new iPads are currently just too expensive.

    I hope the iPad Mini with retina (whenever that will be) will remain the same price.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    'Apple reduced the thinness'

    So they made it thicker????
  19. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    iPhone 5S with a thumb print reader would be a substantial upgrade

    I've never seen such a bunch of crybabies that just can't stand the fact that Apple isn't making a plastic oversize crap plastic Nexus phone..

    If that's what you prefer, buy it! Don't be annoyed that Apple has a different vision. Obviously, none of you complainers comprehend that.

    Oh, and go hang out at the Android fan sites, if there are any.
  20. iKrivetko, Mar 5, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    If I were Apple, I would make the 4th generation iPad with 16 gigs the "entry-level" model and sell the 32/64/128 versions of the fifth generation at the prices of the current 4th gen's 16/32/64 versions.
  21. macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Not at Apple Stores...guess you got it at another retailer?
  22. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2006
    Let's just hope they get rid of the slate anodising for the 5S and go back to silver aluminium. A lot of black iPhone 5s, after just five months, look like crap.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2011
    ...or in other words, nothing new coming out. But some old stuff gets repacked.

    What happened to 'Think Different'?
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    haha right thats what i said. they might have been spot on before but this rumor is wack. bought a mini for the wife yesterday, not to worried i guess i can always return it if they have a new one next month
    but i dont see it happening.
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Oh my god. The sky is falling down. You realise that there are lots of people complaining about exactly the opposite? And what kind of mentality do people have who think they should buy another iPad just because Apple has released a new model? Grow up, people! You should buy a product if you feel that at the moment you buy it you will be better off having the product in your hand and the money gone from your pocket. If you buy an iPad every two years, what does it matter to you how many iPads Apple releases in the meantime?

    And I think you don't understand the meaning of "fragmentation". For Android device, people complain rightfully about fragmentation because there are plenty of devices with ancient Android versions, plenty of devices with similar Android versions behaving differently, and each device has a different screen resolution. Apple has kept all these differences hidden from developers. iPad 1 apps run fine on an iPad Mini.

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