It’s been almost six months since Apple released its iPad 4 with Retina display, but rumors sourced from people close to Apple indicate the company may release its fifth-generation iPad, the so-called “iPad 5,” by the end of this month.
In a Branch chat between several prominent Apple reporters, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer reportedly has a special event planned for April said to center completely on iPad.
“I’ve been hearing rumblings of an April event for sometime now, as I’m sure we all have,” said FOX anchor Clayton Morris. “But so many factors could be in play. The Spring has traditionally been iPad season and we’re hearing about cutbacks in larger iPad supply.”
“I’ve heard from several sources that there was/is an event planned for April, new 9.7 inch iPad if it’s ready,” said iMore editor-in-chief Rene Ritchie.
“I’ve also heard April, but never in conjunction with iPhone, only iPad,” said Matthew Panzarino, managing editor for The Next Web.
“I’ve heard nothing, but I’d think Apple would like to introduce the new Mini-style full-size iPad in April,” said Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. “If we don’t see it in April, I’d guess that it’s late. And if it’s late, I think they’d do a standalone event in May rather than hold it until WWDC in (I presume) June.”
Many believe the iPad 5 will look and feel like the first-generation iPad Mini, with its anodized aluminum enclosure, diamond-cut chamfered edges, altered speaker design, and most notably, its smaller side bezels, which reduce the tablet’s heft while maintaining the same screen size. Furthermore, most reliable sources, including KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, said the iPad 5 would be “significantly lighter and slimmer” than last year’s 9.7-inch Apple tablets.