The fifth-generation full-sized iPad is expected to be announced by Apple in September, alongside the release of iOS 7 according to reports. Apple launched both the first iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad at the same event last October.
DigiTimes claims its sources state that the full design has been finalized and supposedly has a slimmer bezel design in order to allow a larger viewing area. The new device will also use one LED tube to light the Retina Display instead of two. Reports also claim battery life will be improved.
The fifth-generation iPad is expected to have a similar design to the iPad mini with more rounded edges and a thinner design. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said the device will be 25 per cent lighter.
In addition to this, according to DigiTimes’ sources from the upstream supply chain, the next generation 7.9-inch iPad mini may receive further upgrades in specifications.
The report also states that Apple is trying to get an even smaller iPad mini bezel, as the company is pushing for a largely bezel-less design, similar to Samsung and HTC’s large-size smartphones.
Apple is apparently “still considering whether to adopt a Retina display for the device”. If the iPad mini is changed to include a high-resolution display then the product may have to be held back until the fourth quarter according to DigiTimes’ report.
DigiTimes is not always the most reliable source and its reports are based on leaks from sources in Apple’s supply chain. In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook said not to make too much of individual reports, he stated, "I would suggest that it's good to question the accuracy of any kind of rumor about build plans ... and also stress that even if a particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to accurately interpret the data point as to what it meant for our overall business."
During the WWDC Keynote Apple demonstrated iOS 7, the next version of the company’s mobile operating system and promised an Autumn launch. Many expect the new iPhone and iPads to launch in conjunction with that.