Thinner Fifth-Generation iPad Coming In March Alongside Retina iPad Mini?

Despite the fourth-generation iPad having just been released recently, Apple is reportedly planning to release the fifth-generation iPad in March, just five months later. This rumor comes from Japanese blog Macotakara, so take it with a grain of salt as Macotakara‘s rumor record is a little spotty.

The fifth-generation iPad is also expected to be thinner and lighter than the current iPad model. The fourth-generation iPad was launched just seven months after the third-generation iPad, which was the first iPad to feature a Retina display. The fourth iPad, which is basically just faster than the third, was introduced alongside the iPad mini.

Apple strayed a little from its usual trend of releasing new products, so a new iPad in March isn’t completely hard to believe. That being said, three new iPads all being released in about a year seems a little unlikely. Before the fourth-generation iPad debuted so soon, Apple typically unveiled a new version every March.

Apple could be releasing the fifth-generation iPad in March to compete with other tablets like Google’s Nexus 7 and Microsoft’s Surface. Macotakara says it will be similar to the iPad mini in being lighter and thinner, apparently smaller by 4mm in height, 17mm in width, and 2mm in depth.

On top of that, a new iPad mini may even be released in March. Macotakara added to this rumor, saying a second-generation iPad mini could feature a Retina display and faster A6X processor, which are both found in the fourth-generation iPad.

So if these rumors are true, we have a lot to look forward to in March.

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