July 8, 2013
Apple is set to release a fifth-generation iPad in September. However, a second-generation iPad mini might not arrive at the same time, according to DigiTimes. The report notes that the iPad 5 has a slimmer bezel design, which means a bigger viewing area. In addition, the number of LED tubes in the device has been reduced from two to one. Battery longevity is also improved. They note:
Since upstream suppliers have mostly finished preparing for the production of the new 9.7-inch iPad, there is unlikely to be any changes in terms of specifications for the device.Final decisions, however, have yet to made on the second-generation iPad mini. Apple is still considering whether to adopt a Retina display on the device. As a result, its release could be delayed until the fourth quarter. In addition, “Apple has also been asking its upstream supply partners to further shrink the next-generation iPad mini's bezel, aiming to push a bezel-less design similar to that of Samsung and HTC's large-size smartphones.” DigiTimes doesn’t have the best track record on reporting Apple news. However, it should be noted that we’ve heard rumors such as those mentioned here before. Specifically, it has long been rumored that the launch of the second iPad mini could be delayed over Retina display issues. A report in May even suggested that Apple wouldn’t release a Retina display iPad mini until early in 2014. As usual, we’ll keep you updated. See also: Forget September: Apple's iPhone 5S Set For October Launch, Report Suggests, and Why Buying A Retina Display iPad mini For Christmas May Be A Bad Idea.