With the release of the iPhone 5C and 5S out of the way, thoughts now turn to Apple’s iconic tablet line…
The world changed in January 2010 with the release of Apple’s Magical Device, the iPad. Since then, it’s taken the world by storm, recreating and redefining the personal computing market. Traditional PC sales are on a steady, marked decline and have been for a few years. Google and their supporting hardware partners have been introducing look a likes and similar devices hoping to capture their piece of the pie. Depending on the hardware partner, they’ve been met with varying levels of success.
With the release of iOS 7 now firmly completed and the iPhone 5C and 5S have been rolled out to varying levels of interpreted fanfare, nearly everyone in the iDevice camp is seriously wondering what’s going on with the iPad. Here’s my take on what to expect.
I haven’t seen anything yet on a definitive date. However, if Apple stays true to its rev cycle with the iPad, it’s likely we’ll have one well before Black Friday (traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving, in the US) in November. This will insure that everyone has a chance to have another stellar iHoliday giving season.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing definitive or at least reasonably speculative out there that would help us narrow it down to October or November of 2013. However, it is reasonable to assume that an announcement should be forthcoming if Apple wants to make the 2013 Holiday Buying Season.
Apple is famous for pricing new product iterations at the old price points so think $499, $599, $699 and $799 for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi versions, respectively. However, the iPad 2 is expected to be retired with the release of the iPad 5, so they’ll need something else in the $399 spot. Whether this is the iPad 3 or the iPad 4 is still unknown. However, the iPad 2 has done very well in that spot.
The iPad 5 is supposed to have a GF2 touchscreen supplied by either LG or Sharp, which should make the display up to 23% thinner than previous touch screens.
The iPad 4 had an A6X processor in it. Unless there’s a new “X” version of the A7, you can expect the A7 chip – the same chip is in the iPhone 5S – in the iPad 5.
The screen size is changing. The screen is supposed to have a thinner bezel on two of four sides, making for a wider screen.
The iPad 5 is supposed to be thinner and smaller than the iPad 4. I don’t know if the new screen has exactly, near, or about the same visible area as the screen from the iPad 4; but it’s going to be close.
So, in short, smaller, faster with either a wider or same size screen.
This one was pretty cool and comes at least in part – or at least people firmly in the Microsoft camp will argue – from the pages of the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro playbook and it’s Power Cover. There are rumors that Apple is working on a wireless charging method for its Smart Covers that would enable them to charge an iPad when closed. How this might happen is open to debate; but the most credible idea has the cover TAKING power from a plugged in iPad, and then GIVING it power when it was unplugged.
Unfortunately, this rumor got publicized early this year and hasn’t seen much more press or discussion since then. You’re going to have to file this under, cool to have, but probably unlikely to happen.
The one thing about Apple watching that I hate the most is that it’s very difficult and not the most accurate activity either. While most of this is culled from information I’ve been able to dig up on the internet, so, please take this with a grain of salt, but I think that the information here is supportable. Hopefully, we’ll hear more in the coming days. Stay tuned to Soft32 for more information as it comes available.