While everyone is waiting for Apple to send invitations for its September
10 event where it's expected to announce the next generation iPhone and
a low cost iPhone, the company is also rumoured to be working on the
next iterations of the iPad and the iPad mini, its bestselling tablets.
a Bloomberg report which was majorly about Apple's plans to open an
Apple store in Tokyo, also had a passing mention of the company
releasing new version of its tablets at the much talked about September
10 event. This is not the first time it mentioned the possibility of
Apple releasing new iPads in its reports. It had made a passing mention
about new iPads in an earlier report about Samsung and Sony launching
their new devices at the IFA.
While Bloomberg has now updated the
article to remove mention of the new iPads, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple,
who is well connected at Apple, and has a great track record of being
accurate with Apple related rumours, also
the rumoured categorically mentioning that there would be no new iPads
at the September 10 event.
Interestingly, a previous report by
that Apple will release new iPad models, including an iPad with a
thinner body design and an iPad mini with a high-resolution screen,
later this year but not at the September 10 iPhone event. So it's
surprising that it contradicted its own reports.
A number of
rumours including a report by the credible Wall Street Journal, have
suggested that Apple is modelling its next-generation iPad on the iPad
mini in terms of design and form factor. The WSJ report suggested that
the new iPad will feature the same touch-panel technology that's seen in
the iPad mini, making it thin and light, and adds that Apple intends to
use the film-based touch panel used in the iPad mini instead of the
glass-based one that is sported by the full-sized iPad.
video showing the front and back panel of the fifth-generation iPad
assembled together, had appeared online showing a design different from
the current generation iPad. Prior to that pictures of alleged back
panels of the next-generation iPad and iPad mini had also appeared
online on a website. The purported iPad rear casing was slightly smaller
than the casing of the current generation iPad and the site mentioned
that the distance between the border and screen of the iPad 5 was much
shorter than the previous iPads, indicating that the new iPad would look
similar to the iPad mini with smaller bezels. The casing had the Apple
logo carved out and not just printed on it, in the images.