iPad 5 rumors have been in high gear since spring, when many expected an April release date. But now it seems those release date speculations have been pushed back to the fall, possibly as late as October. Though we didn't see the iPad 5 released in April or even in June at Apple's Annual Developers Conference, (WWDC), that doesn't stop folks from speculating about the possible specs and features of the latest generation of Apple iPad while leaked photos, proposed release dates and more seem to arrive every few days or so. If you aren't fully caught up, here's a quick round-up of latest iPad 5 release rumors.
iPad 5 Rumors: Release Date
As I mentioned above, the release date of the iPad 5 has been something talked about incessantly but as each new guess emerges it seems to come up wrong.
The first false alarm arrived in March when several major retailers began slashing prices on older models of iPad leading many to believe this was a sign that the iPad 5 was on its way. In addition to these price reduction clues, a much-followed conversation on Branch chat with a number of leading Apple bloggers and speculators such as Fox anchor Clayton Morris seemed to reaffirm the April release date for iPad 5. At the time, this is what Morris had to say:
"I've been hearing rumblings of an April event for sometime now, as I'm sure we all have and ... spring has traditionally been iPad season."
Of course, we know this never came to fruition, so release date speculators turned their attention toward the month of June and the WWDC event. In addition to the June 10 prediction, we also heard stirrings that June 29 could see an iPad 5 release date as this would mark 6 years since the release of the first iPhone. At the time a source for Gizmorati claimed that something special called Original Passion, New Ideas, would take place on June 29, 2013 to celebrate six years of iPhone success while also releasing the iPhone 5S and iPad 5, under the leadership of Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook.
These rumors however were soon dispelled as during an earning call, Cook let loose the fact that we should not expect the release of any new iOS devices until the Fall.
Just before WWDC, this estimate was reiterated when Digitimes shared a new Apple roadmap estimating the iPad 5 release date to fall somewhere in the July–August range, with iPad Mini 2 coming even later; although, both were expected to be released in time for the holidays.
The latest reports now predict that Apple plans to release iOS 7 on Sept. 18, with a soon after release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. It's possible the iPad 5 could be introduced on or around one of these dates as well, though some around the web believe iPad 5 may see its own seperate release date in October, as was the case for iPad 3 in the fall of 2012. Still, it is thought that iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will release at two separate times, with iPad Mini 2 coming slightly later to allow iPad 5 sales to accrue first. If this is the case, then we can expect either a pre-October iPad 5 release date, or that the iPad Mini 2 release date will be pushed back to November. Either way, one thing is certain: This fall will be all about Apple, its latest iOS and the devices that will support it.
iPad 5 Rumors: Specs and Features
So again, just as with the iPad 5 release date, the specs rumors that have swirled around the next gen iPad have been going strong since this spring. Of course, the two adjectives most often used to describe the expected new iPad 5 specs are "lighter" and "thinner."
These rumors first got cooking back in April when analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities made the following prediction.
"We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15 percent thinner than iPad 4 ... The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25 percent lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4's (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini's."
iPad 5 Storage and Memory Specs
In addition more iPad 5 spec rumors hstate that the new device will come with with 1-2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB storage options.
In terms of the iPad 5 chipset, we'll likely be looking at Samsung to be the provider on the iPad 5 though later devices may bear a new chipset produced with a new partner. Rumors that Apple would be working on it's own A-series chip production with a new producers, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), emerged this spring and were recently confirmed as Apple announced its partnership with TSMC just weeks ago. The partnership however is not set to begin until 2014.
iPad 5 Battery Specs
Up to this point little has been told about the battery life improvements on the iPad 5 though our guess is, certainly the new device will incorporate some battery saving elements. We had heard rumors of possible wireless or solar charging cases several months back when some patents emerged detailing these specs for the new iPad, but nothing more has really been seen since then to confirm or deny these rumors.
iPad 5 Casing and Display Specs
In terms of the case, a number of leaks emerged earlier this year by Tactus that made it appear the iPad 5 will likely very much resemble the iPad Mini. The leaked photos showcased an aluminum back plate with thinner side bezels that shrink the overall size while maintaining the 9.7-inch Retina display.
Most recently some new schematics were leaked which add to the rumors that the iPad 5 will look very similar in design to the iPad Mini. The new iPad 5 is compared against the iPad 4 in the schematic, and appears thinner than the earlier model.
In terms of the display it has long been rumored that Apple will be looking to Sharp's IGZO technology to create an even more powerful Retina display with richer colors and even higher definition. According to Tactus in a recent blog post, "IGZO displays use up to 90 percent less power than previous generation iPad displays, which means a smaller battery that reduces the overall weight and thickness ... Everything's slimming even more with every leak and rumour, I even think with the use of the IGZO display, Apple will be able to use a much slimmer LED backlight. I'm inclined to think the iPad 5 will shape up to be just 7.2mm thick because of the above points!"
iPad 5 Rumors: Price
Not much is really known about what the price of the iPad 5 will be though there are some rumors it could come in cheaper than the iPad 4. IBTimes AU states that the "upcoming iPad 5 may costs $399 which is $100 less than the debut price of iPad 4 of $499." However, no source was cited so it is unclear how valid these claims are.
Our thinking is we will see the iPad 5 released within the similar price range as new iPad iterations have been in the past, which is generally around $499 for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB and $799 for the 128GB iPad 5.
As more is learned about the iPad 5, its release date, rumored specs and features or pricing information we'll be sure to update you. In the meantime, check out some of out earlier posts about the iPad 5.
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