macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 9, 2012
Appleinsider said:
Apple predicted to launch lighter, thinner 9.7" iPad 'as quickly as possible'
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities thinks Apple may feel pressure from Microsoft's new Surface tablet, especially considering that the fourth-generation iPad is the same weight and thickness as the third-generation model... Apple will move quickly to redesign the iPad once again in the near future.



macrumors 6502a
Jul 24, 2008
If you are a first time buyer go for it.

If you are moving from an iPad 1 or 2 go for it.

If you have a 3rd gen I say wait unless you are a hardcore gamer that MUST have the perf boost.

Most of us wont notice the difference in speed (web browsing, email, movies, casual games, etc...) and I predict that sometime between May/June 2013 we will see the new iPad with thinner design, casing ala iPhone 5/mini with white and black back, possible CPU boost again.

I would also say around this time we get the 2nd gen mini with Retina and 6X chip. I would suspect the mini will always be one gen behind in CPU speed as to not kill the big brother iPad sales.


macrumors 68000
Aug 23, 2011
apple is seriously getting ridiculous. I expected Apple to be full of confidence and innovate rather than being insecure in the marketing. Just because MS surface is about come to out... Apple needs to focus on new products.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 14, 2012
Get a refurb'd 3. Sell it when the 5th gen comes out. You'll take a minimum loss and get to have an iPad for a Year ;)... or a quarter of a year :D


macrumors 68000
Oct 26, 2007
San Juan, PR
Im going to wait for the 12th generation iPad... When Apple introduces the 3D icons and hologram keyboard... Also we will see transparent screen


macrumors 6502a
Oct 10, 2011
Personally I have the iPad 3, I am going to buy the until the iPad five comes out. I don't think the iPad 4 is that much of an update.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 13, 2012
I will never understand why anyone would ask others to make this choice for them but then . . . . . :p


macrumors 6502a
May 6, 2008
London, UK
As a general rule I take what analysts say with a pinch of salt, often they predict what is inevitable. However, although the iPad 4 got a processor boost what it didn't get is any advance in the screen technology such as the new touch sensors of the iPhone 5 which reduced thickness. Given Apples obsession with thinness and that the iPad3/4 is thicker than the iPad 2 I would not be surprised, come March/April, we see another revision which makes the iPad thinner with updated screen and battery technology.


macrumors 6502
Oct 12, 2012
Dargy! I'm planning on getting my first iPad in the near future and yesterday I'd decided to jump in with the 4, but if this is true, I might hesitate because I would love if it weighed a bit less.

They should call it the "iPad 4 months". Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, IPAD 5!!! Would they really do that? That just seems preposterous.


macrumors 603
Nov 22, 2011
East Coast USA
if this were any other case OP i would say why wait since products get updated more regularly, but in this case i can't see apple keeping the same shell for another year.

eventually it will get back down to the iPad 2 size and probably look more in style like the back of an iphone 5 or the mini iPad.


macrumors regular
Jul 7, 2008
Trader who wants apple stock to do better:

Leak to tech sites:
"There are supply/manufacture problems for the display/glass/case for the next iphone/ipad meaning that availability will be limited"

Trader who wants apple stock to do worse:

Leak to tech sites:
"There's a new one with better features coming out in a few months"


macrumors regular
Oct 10, 2011
If you want one buy the new one now so you can enjoy it because you may very well end up waiting longer than you expect....The analysts get release dates wrong all the time especially speculating on the next one this far in advance...The new chip will be more than enough to keep performance ahead of the competition till next fall.....
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