Apple to Release Thinner Fifth-Generation iPad and Retina iPad Mini in Last Three Months of 2013

As parts leaks have suggested, Bloomberg reports that Apple will release a thinner full-sized iPad in the final three months of this year -- this would suggest that the iPad would be released at a separate media event from the one supposedly scheduled for September 10th when the next iPhone is expected to be released.

Bloomberg also says Apple will release a Retina-equipped iPad mini in the same time-frame, similar to previous reports.

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Mockup of fifth-generation iPad next to iPad mini

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.

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.

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.

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tbrand7 Avatar
143 months ago
Thank you Bob. I knew you could figure out how to fit a Retina display into a mini! :)
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benh911f Avatar
143 months ago
Really hoping the new Mini has Retina. Then I can sell off my 3rd-Gen iPad, (aka, The Bastard Child iPad) and get a Mini.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0029937 Avatar
143 months ago
My wallet is ready. Retina Mini=instant buy.

Coming from a 2, it's time.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xNYMetsx Avatar
143 months ago
I don't care, as long as the iPad Mini has Retina. IT'S ALL THAT MATTERS
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WilliamG Avatar
143 months ago
Thank you Bob. I knew you could figure out how to fit a Retina display into a mini! :)

Well, I know why I won't be able to fall asleep tonight.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0029937 Avatar
143 months ago
Is the Mini really that awesome? Wasnt it strange to go from 9,7 inches to 7,9? Thats the only thing that should stop me from buying the Mini.
Not strange at all. It's actually the opposite. It's strange to go to a full size iPad now after using a Mini. Why? Because the Mini is just such a joy to hold in my opinion. It feels good in the hand and it's especially amazing for longer periods of using it. To me it's that sweet spot of the perfect size. Kind of like how I assume most people think 13" is the perfect Macbook size, yes some people want 11 or 15 but 13 I think is the most popular for a reason, it's the sweet spot.
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