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Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Apple Moving to 2 iPad Releases Per Year

iPad 5 Mockup

Image Source: Martin Hajek

I know, I know – new iPad rumors already – when we just saw the release of two new iPads a couple of months ago. Crazy, right? Well, maybe not so much. Today MacRumors and others are reporting on Wall Street analyst Brian White’s prediction that we’ll see 2 more new iPads released in March:

Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.

Even more interesting is that over recent weeks Horace Dediu of Asymco discussed the possibility of Apple switching to a twice a year release schedule for at least some of its star products – and put forward some solid reasons why this is plausible. Then Graham Spencer at MacStories did some further research and analysis around Dediu’s case and posted his thoughts this week. He weighs up a number of factors to do with release schedules, international rollouts timing, spreading out demand peaks and troughs better over the course of the year and ends up saying his guess is that Apple will move to a twice a year release schedule for the iPad and iPhone in 2013, while pointing out that it’s a tough call and a very tough thing to pull off for Apple.

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iPad 5 Renderings – Too Soon?

iPad 5 Render

Shown above is what a thinner, more iPad mini-like iPad 5 might look like, based on the latest rumors on the iPad 5th gen.

The render was created by Martin Hajek, who created a set of iPad mini renders that proved to be not far off at all when the iPad mini was unveiled.

I know it seems awfully early to be talking about an iPad 5 when the iPad 4th gen was only released less than two months ago – but I’ve seen a good amount of speculation that Apple may be moving towards a 6-month refresh cycle for the iPad, so it’s not too crazy to think we might see a new iPad or iPads come March / April time next year.

I certainly hope and expect that whenever the iPad 5 is released it will follow the iPad mini in being thinner and lighter.I have also grown to like the slate back of the iPad mini a lot, so I wouldn’t object to that being adopted in a 5th gen iPad either.

What do you all think and what are your expectations for the iPad 5?

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