Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is never one to give away anything about new devices, so anytime we hear rumors we always have to qualify them because we get the information from places other than from Apple itself – usually it’s from media outlets stationed somewhere in the vicinity of one of the company’s suppliers. We are always pretty skeptical about detailed rumors, but we do tend to give those a little more weight than most of the more vague, ethereal rumors we hear six and 12 months out from an anticipated launch.
Now that we have covered ourselves pretty thoroughly, we would like to share with you the latest whispers from the rumor mill regarding the next Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad remake, known as the iPad 5. The first, and probably very important detailed rumor we’re hearing from the ground is that this new tablet will likely have a release date sometime after the iPhone 5S hits the stores, which is expected in September. So that means we’re going to guess that the new iPad and iPad Mini may be announced at its own event in late September or early October – of course, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
As for some of the other rumors about this new tablet, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was reportedly close to having a rear microphone in the first iPad Mini but scrapped it at the last minute last year. That feature instead debuted on the iPhone 5, though we understand that Cupertino is pretty well set on having the rear mic in the final iPad design this time around. What we are also hearing is that Apple may engineer the iPad in a similar fashion to the iPad Mini, with a thinner bezel and more pronounced, rounded edges. This is expected to make the iPad 5 at least 25 percent lighter than the iPad 4. Add to that some improved efficiency with the power usage, and the new iPad may boast a smaller battery, which can also affect the weight.
What do you think so far about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and what it may be doing with its new tablet? If you had a say in design and construction, what features would you like to see in the device? Give us your feedback in the comments section below.