Fifth Generation iPad In September
May 21, 2013

Is A Fifth-Generation iPad Coming In September?

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

Rumors about new Apple products are already beginning to pick up speed weeks of their 2013 Worldwide Developer´s Converence (WWDC) and several months after the last product announcement from Cupertino. Many are expecting new Macs and new software to be released at this year´s conference in San Francisco, yet others are still looking for new hardware — namely, a new iPad and iPhone.

It now seems unlikely that we´ll see either released next month. Previous reports claim the new mobile operating system iOS 7 will not be ready until September and, according to a report yesterday from DigiTimes, Apple may wait to release the fifth-generation iPad around the same time.

According to their sources, production of Apple´s latest tablet is set to start “soon,” with large-scale production ramping up in July. This will put the production rates at about two to three million units come September, claims the news source.

Not surprisingly, the new iPad is rumored to be both thinner and lighter than the previous model.

“The display of the new iPad, which will hit market shelves as early as September, will still be a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device,” said an inside source speaking to DigiTimes.

Just as they´ve done with the iPhone 5, Apple has reportedly found a way to trim millimeters and grams off the device by eliminating layers in the screen and merging the touch display with the outer panel of glass. This method results in both a thin package and a more realistic screen with lifelike touch objects as opposed to objects underneath a pane of glass.

In yet another traditional move, Apple is expected to borrow some design cues from the iPad mini, including a thinner body and narrow bezels. Not only has Apple been known to borrow design cues from their stable of devices, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed the new iPad would have a “mini” look to it back in April.

The fact that the DigiTimes report parrots so much of Kuo´s advice lends it some credence it might otherwise not deserve. While neither DigiTimes or Kuo have 100-percent reliable sources inside Apple, Kuo´s track record is a bit more accurate than DigiTimes´ when it comes to predicting forthcoming Apple products. The Taiwanese publication was even ridiculed by tech journalists last year when Harry McCracken of TIME scrutinized their reporting. The news source later apologized to McCracken, saying they did not mean to spread false information and that their stories are a testament to the wide range of research and development conducted by Apple.

Which is to say, that although this rumor comes from DigiTimes, it´s likely correct for two reasons. First, it is in line with other, more credible reports like the claims from Kuo. Secondly, a September timeframe not only makes logistical sense, it also lines up with last year´s release schedule. Apple is free to release products at anytime and isn´t entirely beholden to their self-imposed calendar, but recent history has shown that the company is settling into a pattern which should help them not only nail down their production efficiency but also meet peaks sales periods (the holidays) as well as have ample supply to meet demand.

At this rate, it looks as if we may be seeing a new iPad in September along with a new iPhone.