iPad Mini 2 To Launch Alongside Thinner, Lighter iPad 5 This March [Rumor]

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Third-generation iPad owners became understandably upset last November when Apple announced a new sixth-generation iPad eight months after theirs went on sale. It was the first time the Cupertino company had launched an iPad within 12 months of its predecessor, but it looks like we’d better get used to it.

Rumors have this week suggested that Apple is now looking to update its iOS devices every six months, introducing two every year. And according to one analyst, that’s exactly what’s going to happen with the next-generation iPads.

Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets revealed on Friday that his industry sources at CES 2013 have indicated the iPad mini 2 will make its debut alongside the iPad 5 this March.

The latter will sport a new form factor that’s both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but White did not confirm which of its components would be updated. Apple traditionally introduces a new processor and improved cameras, but if the company is switching to a six-monthly update cycle, it’s unlikely these things would be updated every time.

As for the iPad mini, that’s supposed to look largely the same, but with updates to its processor and other internal components. White doesn’t mention that high-resolution Retina display we’re all anticipating, but it’s widely believed that this will be the biggest upgrade Apple makes with the second-generation device.

In some ways, seeing yet another iPad update in the coming months is good: if you’ve been waiting for an iPad mini with Retina display, it means you won’t have to wait 12 months for it. But for many users, it’ll take a while for them to get used to seeing their iOS devices replaces by a brand new model every six months.

  • dcdevito

    Apple’s getting diarrhea of the assembly line

  • StevenSaidWhat

    First paragraph: fourth-generation iPad, not sixth-.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    What could possibly be the benefit of waiting eight months to release a product they could release in two?

  • BrainGameMayhem

    What could possibly be the benefit of waiting eight months to release a product they could release in two?

  • monstermasten

    Part of what makes Apple so successful is that when you buy an Apple product, you KNOW that you have the best on the market for at least a year. When you buy an HTC device, a new, better one could come out the next week.

    Apple seems to be fucking this up, and I don’t know why.

  • FriarNurgle

    Apple seems to be fucking this up, and I don’t know why.

    Don’t put too much faith in rumors.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    Part of what makes Apple so successful is that when you buy an Apple product, you KNOW that you have the best on the market for at least a year.

    That’s not true at all. Average consumers have no idea when the next version will be released. Case in point: before I started following rumor-based websites, I bought an iPod Touch a week before the newest version was announced and released. Let’s say you buy a new iPad. A newer version comes out six months later and you’re upset because suddenly you feel that the one you have isn’t as cool anymore? The release of a newer product changes absolutely nothing about the product you’ve already purchased, so why would you be upset? Steve Jobs himself said, “There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. This is life in the technology lane. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you’ll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon.”

  • djrobsd

    The same is true for anything you buy. I bought a Lexus CT hybrid last year, and then 6 months later I find out that there are new models from Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, and several other car companies that may have made my purchasing decision a bit different. The key here is when you spend money you have to be happy with your purchase and have no regrets. Don’t let the newest thing suck you into upgrading every time something newer comes out and your pocket book will get bigger while Apple’s stock might just drop a few more points. LOL

  • Normal

    The same is true for anything you buy. I bought a Lexus CT hybrid last year, and then 6 months later I find out that there are new models from Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, and several other car companies that may have made my purchasing decision a bit different. The key here is when you spend money you have to be happy with your purchase and have no regrets. Don’t let the newest thing suck you into upgrading every time something newer comes out and your pocket book will get bigger while Apple’s stock might just drop a few more points. LOL

    OR.. you could get a Galaxy Nexus, unlock it, get a bigger display and have a tablet that’s better than anything Crapple can make in ten years.

  • Normal

    Part of what makes Apple so successful is that when you buy an Apple product, you KNOW that you have the best on the market for at least a year. When you buy an HTC device, a new, better one could come out the next week.

    Apple seems to be fucking this up, and I don’t know why.

    “best on the market”

    I’m sure you think that.

    If you want longevity, get a Nexus, simple as that.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    OR.. you could get a Galaxy Nexus, unlock it, get a bigger display and have a tablet that’s better than anything Crapple can make in ten years.

    That’s clever because you added a “cr” before “apple.”

  • PatrickPenn1

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/Wmgmn

    Happy New Year!

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