Rumors of the next generation of Apple tablets abound. Just yesterday, we saw a video from Unbox Therapy that showed what could be the front panel and back casing of the fifth-generation iPad compared to its predecessor. Today, TechCrunch is reporting on analyst predictions that the new model iPad tablets are likely to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2013.
According to TechCrunch, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini will “probably arrive later this year,” [Via: 9to5Mac] In a note to investors today, Kuo stated that the two tablets are entering initial production this month with plans to ramp up to full-scale mass production in the fourth quarter of this year.
This information coincides with other analyst predictions that the iPad line of products will not be discussed at Apple’s Sept. 10 event, but will instead be announced at a separate event a few weeks later.
Kuo also noted that Apple was not originally planning on launching the tablets until 2014 and that the first-generation iPad mini will drop in price, but not until after the holiday season is over.
Kuo believes that Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad 2 as a low-cost alternative to the more current Retina display models. There is a chance that the iPad 2 will get a slight modification in the way of a Lightning connector to replace the, now-outdated, 30-pin connector.
It is early September now. Based on Kuo’s predictions, we won’t have to wait more than three or four months before getting our hands on the next generation of iPad and iPad mini tablets. I can’t wait.