Apple iPad 5 production to start in July or August
Although we’ve heard that Apple’s fifth-generation 9.7 inch iPad would be released this month (April), it is pretty clear that this won’t happen. And it looks like it won’t happen in the next few months, either.
DigiTimes has it from “sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers” that Apple’s hardware partners will commence mass production of the iPad 5 only in July, or even August. If that’s the case, the new tablet will probably be available sometime in the second half of Q3.
The iPad 5 should be lighter and thinner than the current model (which measures 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm), and it’s going to have a narrower bezel, perhaps resembling the iPad Mini. The screen resolution will likely remain at 2048 x 1536 pixels. That aside, I guess it is safe to assume it will come with a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM.
In Q4 2012, Apple sold a total of 22.9 million iPads – including iPad Mini models. It probably sold less in Q1 2013, but numbers are bound to grow again once the iPad 5 is launched. And let’s not forget that a new 7.9 inch iPad Mini 2 is also going to be introduced this year. It remains to be seen if Apple announces the new tablets at the same time.