Next-Generation iPad and iPad Mini Rumored for March Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White today released a new report highlighting some of his observations from this week's CES in Las Vegas, noting that "checks" at the show suggest that Apple is looking to launch the next-generation versions of the iPad and iPad mini in March.
    White's comments are in line with a previous report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara which claimed that a thinner and lighter fifth-generation iPad will be launching in March. RBC analyst Doug Freedman had also claimed that Apple was accelerating its plans for the second-generation iPad mini.


    Apple has historically stuck to roughly year-long update cycles for its iOS devices, but the company surprised many observers by launching the fourth-generation iPad in October, just seven months after the debut of the third-generation model. It is unclear whether that shorter interval is the start of a trend for Apple, as it may simply have been a one-time event due to Apple's move to the new Lightning connector.

    There have, however, been growing rumors of shorter update cycles being part of a new strategy for Apple as it seeks to remain competitive in the fast-moving mobile device market and smooth out its sales somewhat throughout the year.

    Article Link: Next-Generation iPad and iPad Mini Rumored for March Launch
  2. mike423 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    Yea Right.

    I guess we all know iPad mini will get Retina.
  3. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Update the iPad Mini in March and I'll buy one.
  5. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
  6. zhandri Suspended

    Sep 4, 2012
    they will lose so many customers if they keep releasing ipads every 5-6 months until now you knew your device would atleast be the newest for atleast 1 year.... now this just sucks
  7. Speedy Gonzalez macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Alligator Bayou
    So now they are going to release iPads every 3 months? :D
  8. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
  9. MetalRCG macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Winter Springs, FL
  10. tonyshaker macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012

    There just milking people for there money i have just got my ipad 4 about 6 weeks ago and now its going to be outdated by apples new ipads its just getting to much and to stupid to keep realising new ipads with out any major change so what ipad 4 is twice as fast as ipad 3 it doesnt matter no app uses all of the ipad 4 processor power.
  11. cky880 macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    If this is going to happen, I think the big question will be: Will the iPad Mini move to Retina so soon?
  12. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Yeah, you should probably switch to Android tablets. They only release one of those per year.
  13. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    They already have a launch schedule. iPads in the Spring.

    The iPad 4 (or 3s if you'd like) was just a minor spec bump, and converting to a lightning adapter.
  14. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    And yet you bought an ipad 4? No one forces you to buy the newest one each time.
  15. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    The fourth gen isn't even 3 months old is it?

    Why's the buyers guide saying to buy now? What the?

    I know there's always going to be something better around the corner but this is crazy.
  16. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Besides retina on the Mini, faster procs, being lighter & skinnier, I wonder what new features these new iPads will bring?
  17. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Very cool. I wonder if the next iPad will be redesigned in some way--other than being thinner. If the only improvement is quicker charging times, that alone is a big upgrade for me. Other than that, I'm not sure what other hardware improvements they could make. I bought an iPad 3 and think that's pretty advanced.
  18. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011

    You suuuuuure?
  19. phillipduran macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2008
    And why does it suck? Because of jealousy?

    Do you really have to be the kid on top of the hill all the time with the coolest gadget? Is that what iDevices are all about? Image.

    You should really take a moment and think about just what is so bad about a fast product refresh.
  20. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    For ages people have been saying Apple's yearly cycle couldn't compete with the constant barrage of new Android phones and tablets.

    Apple seems to have responded (although not as far as the iPhone is concerned - possibly due to them primarily being sold on contract?)

    I'm not sure it's a good move. It's better to release when you have something great worth releasing, not when the planet reaches some arbitrary position around the Sun. Maybe Apple do have something genuinely worth a new iPad model.
  21. camnchar macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    If the new iPad Mini doesn't have a retina display, Apple shouldn't even bother making it.
  22. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Well, the iPad 4 isn't even three months old. I know Apple's always going to update.
  23. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    The article mentions " while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October".

    I hope that includes retina display , it's pretty much an automatic buy for me!
  24. trevorde macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Too little, too late (again)

    The first iPad Mini was too little, too late. This is just playing catch up - again.
  25. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Something is pushing this upset in Apple's release cycle. I stick with 12-18 months. Then again pay more attention to Intel, AMD, and nVidia's schedules.

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