It was widely rumoured that the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 may arrive together in one big announcement but recent news claims this may not be the case after all.
According to sources close to the supply chain in Taiwan, the iPad 5 will enter production next month ready for release in Q3, something that we have heard before. But it seems that the iPad Mini 2 may be in for a later release date.
Volume production of a new-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin in July-August with shipments in the third quarter estimated at five million units. Meanwhile, a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
We’ve heard that the bezel of the iPad 5 will be reduced to allow the same sized screen to be packed into a smaller chassis, as well as new technology in the screen material that will reduce its weight by around 20-30%.
The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is expected to adopt a thin-film-type touch panel solution to reduce its weight by 20-30% and will adopt a slim bezel design to increase the display area. The new iPad’s industrial design reportedly will also be modified.