There have been news reports in the past which suggested that Apple will
be outing its next generation iPad in April 2013. However, in a new
report DigiTimes claims that Apple will be commencing production of its
fifth generation iPad in July or August. The website claims to have got
this bit of information from its sources in the Taiwan-based supply
The fifth generation iPad is expected to come with a 9.7-inch
screen and is expected to be thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
LG Display and Sharp are reportedly engaged in producing the display of
the fifth generation iPad while touch panels are being made by TPK.
per the rumours, the next generation iPad will have thin bezels, much
like the iPad mini. There have been plenty of speculations being made in
regards to the launch of the next generation of iPad. Some reports
point to an October release, while some recent reports suggested an
Apple had introduced the fourth generation iPad
along with iPad mini at a special event in San Jose, California on
October 23 2012. Apple surprised many by launching the 128GB version of
the fourth generation iPad in February 2013.
The grapevine also
suggests that Apple is gearing up to launch an iPad mini with Retina
display. Alleged pictures of this iPad mini with Retina display were
also shared online in February 2012. As per past reports Apple is
cutting shipments of iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013. According
to this report, the cutback may be as high as 20 percent in April and
the shipments may continue to decrease gradually throughout the quarter
to bring total shipments to as low as 10 million units during the
The reason for these cut backs was cited as Apple's
efforts in adjusting its reserves for the next-generation iPad mini,
which is likely to be released in the third quarter.