The next-generation full-size iPad could arrive as early as March 2013. What’s more, it’s going to be thinner and lighter than the current iPad model.

That’s according to Mac o Takara, which, it should be noted, has a not-so-immaculate record in reporting about prospective Apple developments.

In any case, the Japanese Apple-centric blog claims on the basis of its insider sources that the fifth-generation iPad will be released three months from now — or just five months after the fourth-generation iPad was launched.

The fourth-generation iPad itself was launched just seven months after the third-generation iPad, which was the first iPad to sport a Retina display. The current iPad model, which, to borrow Apple’s words, is “just as stunning” but “twice as fast” as its predecessor, was introduced alongside the iPad mini.

Its early release ran counter to Apple’s typical annual refresh cycle for its products. Specifically, prior to the fourth-generation iPad, Apple unveiled a new version of its bestselling 9.7-inch tablet every March.

And this coming March, Apple is rumored to introduce the fifth-generation iPad in a bid to further compete with rival tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Microsoft’s Surface.

It is expected by Mac o Takara’s sources to be a lot like the iPad mini in that it will be thinner and lighter. It is said to be smaller by 4 mm in height, 17 mm in width, and 2 mm in depth.

Mac o Takara also adds to the spreading murmurs of a second-generation iPad mini. The upcoming version of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet is said to have a Retina display and a faster A6X processor, both of which are already found in the fourth-generation iPad. You could say, then, that this new version of the iPad mini is a lot like the full-size iPad.

Source: Mac o Takara
Via: Apple Insider