iPad 5 to be thinner and lighter, rumor says

By on December 26, 2012
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The new iPad rumored to arrive in March with iPad Mini-inspired improvements.

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Just when you bought that iPad 4 as a Christmas gift to replace your iPad 3 that just come out a few months before that, Apple hits you with another update that leaves your brand new gadget a generation behind. Rumor has it that the new iPad is already being planned and will hit stores in not more than a few months from now.

According to 9to5Mac.com, the new iPad is set to be thinner and lighter than the current generation one. The move is apparently to mirror the design to the thin and sleek design of the iPad Mini.  The device is set to be 2 millimeters thinner and 17 millimeters narrower, and the “new supposed thinness would mean the next iPad is nearly as thin as the 7.2mm thin iPad mini.” The new iPad Mini itself, however, is set to be getting the Retina display in its upcoming model, effectively shafting everyone who got the first version and are stuck with the standard iPad 2 resolution of the device.

I can see the need to go thinner and lighter and there’s nothing wrong about that, but the disappointing thing is to see the accelerated release cycle under Tim Cook’s command which I think goes to really dilute the power of the devices that Apple releases. The fact that there will be now two iPad releases every year will make the customer wary and may just negatively affect the image of the product itself.

What do you think?


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