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. A lot of people felt that it was nothing but a smaller version of the iPad but if you look at the product closely, 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.
Some of the burning questions surrounding iPad are when will the fifth generation machine come out. 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 implies that Apple will move away from its one year product release timelines to a six month period for releasing new products. The primary reason for Apple to do this is due to the rising levels of competition in all the product segments. Apple is facing a lot of competition from Samsung or Google in all arenas like smartphones or even tablets. In order to stay ahead of the competition, it is important for Apple to increase the quality of products and manufacture products with great technology and fabulous features.
Here are some rumors regarding the possible features that iPad 5 might bring with it:
New Design: The new iPad 5 will definitely be thinner, lighter and will have a new design as compared to the previous versions of the device. Given the launch of Microsoft Surface, Apple is under increased pressure to release a 9.7” device in order to remain competitive in that segment.
Better Processor: The iPad 5 is rumored to have the A6X processor built in it. This version of the processor will be two times faster than the previous processor present in iPad 4. There are reports of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company being involved in manufacturing these processors in large quantities for Apple. 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 might be possible that the iPad 5 will have a lightning connector having 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 has already been added to the iPad Mini and it might be included in the iPad that will help make it lighter and way thinner than its existing dimensions.
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 save battery power and will also end up being more energy efficient.
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 make the iPad 5 look quite promising and surely many Apple lovers are waiting for it eagerly.