Pre-orders and previews underway ahead of launch.
Apple to Release Thinner Fifth-Generation iPad and Retina iPad Mini in Last Three Months of 2013
Bloomberg also says Apple will release a Retina-equipped iPad mini in the same time-frame, similar to previous reports.
Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce a new version of the iPad with a thinner design, people familiar with the plans said, as the company works to stay atop the increasingly crowded tablet-computer market.The new full-sized iPad is expected to have a thinner screen bezel like the existing iPad mini, while the new mini is not expected to have any significant design changes.
Apple also plans to introduce a new iPad mini, the first with a high-resolution screen, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the development is private. The new iPad models are set to be introduced in the last three months of the year, one of the people said.