Rumor: Apple to Release ‘iPad 5′ This March

With the fourth generation iPad having been released only last month, rumors are flying around again of a new iPad on the way from Apple. This time, it appears that the company will release an ‘iPad 5′ as soon as this March. According to Japanese site, Macotakara, the fifth generation iPad will be thinner and lighter than the current version and pick up design elements from the iPad mini, which inherited the iPhone 5′s black/slate and white/silver design. The same report also claims that Apple is working on next-gen iPad mini, which would feature a 2048×1536 retina display, which is the same resolution as that used in the current and previous generation iPads.

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This comes a mere five months after the surprise launch of the fourth generation iPad in November. This continues and perhaps increases the speed of a quick release cycle started by Apple in 2012, with the fourth generation iPad having been released just six months after the previous one. It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple ends up seeing a backlash over the fast obsolescence of its expensive products.

Macotakara also claims some next-generation iPad dimensions: “the expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm.” These numbers are obviously unrealistic expectations for the fifth-generation iPad’s actual size, but these numbers would make sense in the context of being millimeters smaller in all of the iPad’s physical dimensions than the current iPad.

The current, fourth-generation iPad measures in at dimensions of 241.2 mm by 185.7 mm by 9.4 mm, so those numbers subtracted by Macotakara’s numbers would point to a thinner iPad that is slightly shorter and narrower. The new supposed thinness would mean the next iPad is nearly as thin as the 7.2mm thin iPad mini.

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