The new iPad 5: Rumors, Features and Related News

iPad 4 which came out in October 2012 was a pleasant surprise in the Apple fan space. The other big product release at the same time was the iPad Mini which sure did very well among users. Although many people felt that the iPad Mini was just a small iPad, if you look closer, it is not just that. The iPad Mini is meant to cater to the needs of a very different set of users and is a totally different product segment.

There are so many unanswered questions about the fifth generation iPad and when exactly it will be released to the world. Industry analysts believe that the iPad 5 will be released early 2013 along with the iPad Mini Retina Display version and also the new iPhone 6. This will mean that Apple will move away from its yearly product release cycle to a semi-annual cycle for new releases. The main reason why Apple is being prompted to do this is the mounting level of competition in all product segments. Be it smartphones or tablets, Apple is facing a lot of competition from players like Samsung, Google and Microsoft. To stay ahead of competition, it is vital that Apple comes up with great products with cutting edge technology and jaw dropping features to stay ahead of the competition.

Here are some rumors regarding the possible features that iPad 5 might bring with it:

New Design: The next version of the iPad is definitely going to be better designed plus will be lighter and thinner compared to the previous versions. Due to the launch of Microsoft Surface, Apple is under more pressure to release a device of size around 9.7” to be able to stay competitive in this segment.

Better Processor: The iPad 5 will have the A6X processor in all likelihood. This version of the processor will be two times faster than the previous processor present in iPad 4. There are also reports of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company working on manufacturing the said version of processors in bulk quantities. TSMC and Apple have reportedly signed a deal for supply of processors for its new devices and this will cause Samsung to be wary of competition from Apple.

Better LTE: It is also very likely that iPad 5 will have a lightning connector and will also have better LTE capabilities. Also, the rumor mill suggests that Apple might include the GF2 or GF DITO technology on its touch screens. The GF2 technology which is already present in the iPad Mini might also be present in the iPad will make the device thinner and lighter than its current size.

Increased Battery Life: Instead of the existing two LEDs on the iPad, the next generation iPad 5 might have only one LED which will cut down on the power consumed thereby increasing its battery life. It will be more energy efficient and the battery included in the device will be smaller in size.

Better Display: Corning is said to be working on a new glass Gorilla Glass 3, which will have better anti scratch and better strength of the display.

All these features have left the Apple lovers waiting for this amazing device eagerly.

Features that iPad 5 is rumored to have

It has been a great 2012 for Apple fans. First came the iPad 4, then the IPhone 5 and lastly they gave us a pleasant surprise in the form of IPad Mini. Even the iPad 4 was a surprise given that iPad 3 was released only seven months before that. And, given that the iPad Mini was released only sometime back, the big question is about when iPad 5 will be released and what are the new things that we can expect to see.

Analysts say that Apple might want to go in for an early 2013 release given the dynamics of the tablet market. iPad now sees stiff competition with Microsoft releasing Surface and Google releasing its Nexus 10. Therefore, it is being said that Apple needs to reinvent the iPad to ensure they remain well ahead in the race. Of course, it goes without saying that the next generation iPad has got to be the best with respet to looks, design and specifications.

We bring some of the possible features that might be added to the iPad 5.

Display: The iPad 3 and iPad 4 displays have remained almost identical. Although at the moment, the iPad display is as good as it gets, in the iPad 5 we might desire better readability, brightness of screen and better power efficiency.

Processor Capabilities: The iPad 4 is still in a dual core stage just like the iPhone 5 and continues to run on Apple’s A6. Although A6 is supposed to be twice as fast as A5. However, running the iPad 5 on A6 with a slower processor capability will cause problems like heating when you run high memory applications. Therefore, it has become quite imperative for Apple to introduce a quad core in the iPad 5.

Camera: The iPad 4 and iPad Mini brought with it front and rear cameras. Including the front facing camera gave a much better Facetime and Skype experience to users. Both versions have the same 5MP camera on the rear side. The iPad 5 might be better with a higher resolution front facing camera for better Facetime. Also, in the iPad 4 users have noticed shaking issues due to image stabilization while taking a picture. Apple should iron out these issues in the iPad 5.

A/V Output: The new iPad 4 brought some better audio and video output capabilities. Despite that, it does not have stereo speakers like the ones in the Macbook. A great addition to the iPad 5 would be stereo speakers for a better A/V experience. The iOS 5 saw a feature called Airplay to make the gaming experience greater than the pervious versions. However, in the iOS 6, the Airplay hasn’t improved greatly. This is also because iOS 6 did not have the best transceivers to support better Airplay.

These features will still want Apple fans to want more out of the iPad at the same time stunning them with what it can offer.

IPad Mini versus iPad 5

IPad Mini has been a huge rage ever since its launch few months back. Some analysts also say that it ate quite a chunk of the share of the success of iPad 4. However, will it be able to stand in front of the fifth generation of iPad which is rumored to be launched in 2013? Every product of Apple is considered to be a masterpiece in itself. The products score well on both the technicalities as well as the design. The launch of the iPad 4 happened only a few months after the iPad 3 which was quite surprising. Although an advanced version, critics still think that it isn’t much different from iPad 3. Due to this, there are higher expectations from iPad 5 which is due for release around early 2013.

In addition to the existing pressure, the iPad 5 will definitely be compared its miniature version, the iPad Mini. Given that iPad Mini is doing so well in the market, it could be a competitor to the bigger iPad versions.

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iPad 5 gives you a complete experience

If you want to compare the iPad 5 with iPad Mini, you have to first know that these are products belonging to different categories. They have been made for different target section. However, if you want to be sure of the choice you make, it might help to understand the similarities and differences between them.

1. The retina display on the full sized screen is sure to give you a great viewing experince. Many users who first got to experience the retina display on the iPad 4 were not disappointed. It is expected that iPad 5 will bring something additional as well.

2. It becomes very easy to browse the Internet on a full screen. It is also expected that iPad5 is going to have excellent 4G connectivity

3. With some exceptional graphics be ready to have a great gaming experience

The only area where iPad Mini clearly has an edge is portability. It fits into your handbag or your coat pocket very easily. If your top priority is portability, iPad Mini is what will clearly score over iPad.

iPad Mini gives you more at less

iPad Mini has already got a very positive response which is why it is considered to be a competitors to the full sized tablets.

  • It is very light and extremely portable. One can easily use just a hand to operate it which is not possible with any full sized tablet.
  • The greatest advantage is that you get all the features of a full sized iPad at much lesser cost

  • All games and applications from the iPad are compatible with the iPad Mini so you don’t lose out on anything

The one area where iPad Mini scores less is the browsing capabilities. There is a constant need to zoom in and out. The screen is also not as appealing as a retina display of iPad 4 and it is expected that iPad 5 will be much better in this department. Final word is that both the iPad 5 and iPad Mini are great in their categories. With so many features available, a user can look at what’s more important to decide what to buy.