Apple is preparing to host a media event next week with strong rumours suggesting the fifth generation of the iPad will be the subject.
The 15 October event will reportedly see a new version of the iPad released, according to ChristianToday.com, with the same site seeming to confirm that the iPad Mini will see some sort of delay.
It’s anticipated the iPad 5 will be given a major redesign and look a lot like the iPad Mini to the naked eye with a lighter and thinner design being put in place and the screen size staying the same as previous versions.
Most rumours so far have pegged the height of the new device as being greater than the fourth generation model and the width being a lot lower. The volume buttons are likely to have been separated with the speakers moved to the foot of the device as well as an additional microphone on the rear of the tablet. Under the hood the iPad 5 should have one of Apple’s new A7 chips complemented by an M7 coprocessor.
The iPad Mini 2, meanwhile, is likely to be delayed with the latest rumours suggesting it won’t be unveiled alongside the new iPad. Apple is hoping to introduce the retina display to the iPad Mini for the first time and last week it was rumoured that it is having trouble sourcing enough retina displays for the new device. It follows similar rumours in the past few weeks that have pointed to supply issues being behind the delayed unveil date.
Apple may not have even decided on which company will provide the retina displays with Sharp or Samsung rumoured to be the two battling it out to win the contract. Apart from the retina display the tablet should have an Apple 64-bit A7 chip, an M7 co-processor and come in a gold colourway.
Even if Apple does manage to release the second-generation iPad Mini alongside its bigger brother at the launch event, it’s likely the smaller slate will be in short supply around the busy Christmas period.