Wednesday 16 January 2013

New rumour hints at March debut for iPad 5, iPad mini 2

Rumours about Apple's next products are going on in full swing. According to a report by Apple Insider, the next iPad and iPad mini will be making their debut in March. The rumour was fuelled thanks to industry sources of Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets. This seems even odder for Apple, considering the previous versions of the iPad and iPad mini were announced just two months ago.

According to the rumour, the new 'iPad 5' will be lighter and thinner than the most recent iPad, and will run on an A6X processor. The second generation of the iPad mini will have the same size and overall form factor, and will likely see an upgraded internal hardware. As of yet, there is no news about a possible Retina display for the mini, but earlier rumours indicate that it will be seeing this upgrade as well.

According to a previous report, details are a bit sketchy about Apple’s plans with respect to enhancing the resolution of the iPad mini and whether or not it will use Apple’s Retina Display technology. However, market observers said that this feature is highly likely as Apple uses Retina Displays on its iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad models.

If Apple does enhance the resolution of the iPad mini, the next generation device will boast a resolution of 2058 x 1536 with a pixel density of 326ppi.

The report also mentions that Apple will restructure the lighting from two LED light bars to one in order to decrease the device's overall weight.

The Apple iPad mini was recently launched in India on December 7, 2012 and is available at authorised Apple resellers for a starting price of Rs 21,900.

The 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi only version is available for Rs 21,900, while the 32GB and 64GB versions cost Rs 27,900 and Rs 33,900, respectively. The iPad mini Wi-Fi + cellular version costs Rs 29,900 for the 16GB version, and the 32GB version is priced at Rs 35,900. The high-end 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + cellular version sells for Rs 41,900.

With the iPad mini starting at Rs 21,900 (16GB), it can compete directly with the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 2 (310), both of which are priced slightly below Rs 20,000. Read our comparison of these three tablets here.

The iPad mini has an aluminium and glass design 7.2 mm thick, and weighs only 0.68 pounds. This 7.9-inch tablet features a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and a 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back, which allows for recording full 1080p HD video. The iSight camera includes video image stabilisation and both cameras feature backside illumination, which Apple claims will allow users to capture great pictures in low light. The iPad mini also allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.

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