iPad 5 To Get Q3 Release With Cheaper Price, New Design: Analyst

22 February 2013, 11:15 am EST By Shailesh Shrivastava email: s.shrivastava@mobilenapps.com Mobile & Apps

When it comes to iPad, so far rumors related to iPad mini 2 were trending over the Web. However, the fifth-generation iPad is becoming the talk of the day now.

According to new reports, the iPad 5 from Apple is going to be completely a new device in terms of design and will be released somewhere in September this year.

"Firstly, for the improvement on product design itself, the next generation of iPad will apply the thin GF2 touch module of the same level as iPad mini and use the narrow bezel panel design to solve the issue of larger volume, thickness, and weight that have been criticized to gain a better balance for consumers in mobility and visual experiences," industry analyst of market research firm TrendForce, Eric Chiou said.

The report also added that the successor of fourth-generation full-size iPad will arrive somewhere in the third quarter this year.

The bigger revelation from the report comes out when it talks about the iPad 2.

"The long-beloved iPad 2 is expected to retire with honour with the reveal of new iPad," the research firm added.

It is also expected that the price of the new full-size iPad will be slightly low because of the display components.

Earlier rumors had indicated towards the iPad 5 coming this March, however the buzz around the tech spheres is not strong enough and this rules out the arrival of iPad 5 at least in March.

A Japanese site, Macotakar, had predicted that the iPad 5 might come in market by March this year. Though there was no official statement about the release date of the device so far, the site claimed to be quoting 'inside sources.'

This wasn't the only prediction made about the release of the tablet.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities in an interview with Apple Insider in October 2012 at the time of iPad mini's launch had said that he thinks Apple may feel pressure from Microsoft's new Surface tablet, especially considering that the fourth-generation iPad is of the same weight and thickness as the third-generation model.
"Though the iPad mini is expected to be successful, we think launching the lighter, thinner 9.7" iPad as quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically," Kuo had explained.

Going further he had expected the Cupertino-based company to put GF2 touchscreen technology into the iPad 5. GF2 is already used in the iPad mini, which helps to make it 23 per cent thinner and 53 per cent lighter than the iPad 2.

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