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Reports that the iPad 5 could be here as early as next month are unfounded, leaks from Apple’s supply chain suggest.

According to analysts' forecasts from earlier this year and sources cited by Apple fansite iMore, the Cupertino tech giant is set to debut a new full-sized tablet and a second take on its smaller brother, AKA the iPad mini, in April.

However, that prognosis, which always seemed a bit unlikely to us, now looks even less credible today, after one of the companies that supplies thin-film touch panels to Apple disclosed that it does not expect orders to increase until the third quarter of 2013, ahead of what it claims will be a fourth-quarter release for the fifth-gen slate.

Until now, Apple has traditionally released new editions of the full-sized iPad in March, while the iPad mini's first iteration landed in October last year.

A move towards a later launch for both devices can perhaps be read as an admission of the increasing importance of the seasonal market for tablets in the fourth quarter.

Previous leaks suggest that the iPad 5’s display will feature iGZO technology from Sharp. This is intended to allow Apple to create a lighter and thinner tablet, while retaining the Retina display crispness of earlier models.



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