Would-be iPad 4 and iPad mini buyers might want to hold off on their purchase for a few months, amid signs that Apple is set to drop new full-size and slimmed-down tablets in the run-up to Christmas.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors that Apple’s manufacturing partners are gearing up to ship parts for the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 towards the tail end of the third quarter.
Kuo, writing in a research note cited by Apple Insider, anticipates that both kits will progress to full production shortly after, pointing to a probable due date in October or November.
He also corroborates long-standing claims that this year will see Apple’s tablets converge, with the standard iPad taking on a more rounded design that’s closer to the iPad mini, along with the mini’s smaller bezels.
Conversely, the iPad mini 2 is purported to feature a scaled-down version of the current-gen iPad’s Retina Display, further blurring the lines between the product lines. Apple will apparently compensate for the resource-hungry screen by fitting its micro-slate with a beefier A7X processor.
Interestingly, it seems next year will see the tech giant enter the realm of bona-fide budget tablets with a low-cost take on the iPad mini.
As with the forthcoming iPhone 5C, Apple will likely keep the cost of the wallet-friendly slate down by recycling parts from existing iPads.