Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Slimmer iPad, Retina iPad mini coming: Report

Bloomberg piled on to the rumor of a Sept. 10 2013 iPhone event on Monday (via 9to5Mac). Confirming a number of previously existing rumors, the site said called Apple's upcoming device releases a "holiday refresh" that would include iPhones and iPads (including the iPad mini).

The confirmed (as much as anything can be confirmed without an Apple press release) rumors are:

Apple will unveil a new iPhone at a Sept. 10 press event, according to a person familiar with the company's plans. Apple typically does not send out press invites until a week before an event.

Apple will release a fifth generation iPad, with the same 9.7-inch screen, but with a body that takes design cues from the current iPad mini. It will have a thinner bezel that the current version (which might drive case manufacturers crazy). As opposed to the iPad mini looking like a downsized iPad, the iPad 5 will look like an upsized iPad mini.

This will be the first major refresh of the full-sized iPad since March of 2012, when the first Retina display iPad was introduced. The iPad 4 was mostly a tweak, with a new Lightning connection.

Of course, the iPad mini is expected to get a refresh, including a Retina display.

Both of the refreshed iPad models will be unveiled after the iPhone event, in a separate launch event.

According to market research firm IDC, Apple’s tablet market share fell to 32 percent in the second quarter of this year, down from 60 percent in 2012. That being said, tablet shipments in general have slowed in anticipation of new iPad models, IDC added last week.

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