Apple to launch iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 in March – analyst

Topeka Capital's Brian White says the iPad 5 will be lighter and thinner, while the iPad mini 2 will get a faster chip

The launch of the fourth-generation iPad just seven months after the iPad 3 sparked speculation that Apple is planning to move to a biannual product cycle for its iPad line-up, and new reports suggest that Apple will introduce an iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 in March, just five months after their predecessors.

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White claims that his checks with industry sources during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week indicated that the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini are set to arrive in March.

According to White's sources, the iPad 5 will be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4, which hit the shelves in November alongside the first iPad mini. The fourth-generation iPad arrived as a minor upgrade from its predecessor, sporting the same design but with a new A6X processor and the new Lightning connector.

The iPad mini 2 is expected to have the same body as the first iPad mini, but with a faster chip. While White didn't mention the possibility of a Retina display for the next iPad mini, recent reports have suggested that Apple is already testing the high-resolution screens for its smaller iPad.

White's speculation echoes that of Jefferies analyst Peter Misek from December last year.

Misek predicted that the next iPad would slim down, while the iPad mini 2 could have modest spec boost. He thinks that the two new iPads will arrive at the later date of June, though.

Misek also added that the iPad mini 2 could be available in six to eight colours, as could the iPhone 6. White has also suggested that the next iPhone will be available in multiple colour options, and also three different sizes.

[Via Apple Insider]

See also:

New iPad 5 release date, rumours and leaked images

iPhone 6 release date, rumours and leaked images

iPad mini 2 release date, rumours and images

iPhone 6 rumour rollup for week ending 11 January

Cheap iPhone will not happen, says Apple's Schiller

Apple spotted checking out competition at CES

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags iPadsmartphonestabletsAppleiPhonehardware systemsconsumer electronicsCapita

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ashleigh Allsopp

Macworld U.K.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?