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5th Generation iPad to Begin Production in July-August

DigiTimes claims that Apple will begin volume production of the 5th generation iPad in July-August 2013. The timeline reportedly comes from sources in Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

macrumors-ipad5aMockup of 5th Generation iPad next to an iPad mini

A July-August ramp up of production runs counter to many of the earlier rumors that had suggested the iPad launch as early as April.

While Apple's traditional timeframe for iPad launches has been in the first few months of the year, last year saw two iPad launches -- one in March, and one in November. The late 2012 release of the 4th Generation iPad may have altered that usual timetable.

The new iPad is believed to be "thinner and lighter" than the currently shipping full-sized iPad. The 5th Generation iPad is also believed to take on the same thin-bezel design as the iPad mini. The above mockup is based on leaked iPad 5 enclosures from early this year.

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20 months ago
MacRumors still quoting Digitimes..? Why???:confused:
Rating: 17 Votes
20 months ago
I always looked forward to purchasing a new iPad this time of year. I'm not a fan of Apples entire product portfolio being released in the fall. :cool:
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
Been waiting all year. Apple's successfully "mixed it up" regarding expectations of any products.

And last year everyone mocked the secrecy thing. I haven't seen too many rumors about the next iphone, either, or this thing's features aside from a new case.
Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago

But, again, if all they'll do is make it thinner and lighter and give it a slate back than I really don't bother waiting 1/2 years. It's all the same

Yeah, I'm going to hold on for the fatter and heavier model in 2014.
Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago

...which doesn't make a lot of sense given that the last truly new iPad was introduced one year ago. But, again, if all they'll do is make it thinner and lighter and give it a slate back than I really don't bother waiting 1/2 years. It's all the same


Complete redesign but its still all the same :confused:.
Rating: 8 Votes
20 months ago
Call me when the next Mini goes on sale.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
Find it a bit strange if Apple would release all the annual hardware products in Autumn, in a 2 moths space!!!
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago

If it was coming next month, we'd be awash in leaked parts by now.


If mini will just sport an A5 and Retina and the same 512 MB,i'll skip it.
If it will sport an A6 ,1GB i could buy it even without any Retina at all.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

MacRumors still quoting Digitimes..? Why???:confused:


You came, you read, you posted in the forum. That's four page hits.

And that's why
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
I have a website. If I post "I am an analyst and I think that Apple will release X Y Z" do I get my own MR article?
Rating: 5 Votes

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