We could be very close to a new iPad, and it won’t have mere spec like the fourth-generation model. According to Piper Analyst Gene Munster, Apple will release a redesigned iPad at an April event. It will look very similar to the sleek iPad mini. 'We believe that ... the company will introduce something new in March or April.' said Piper analyst Gene Munster.
“We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April,” Munster said. “Over the past two years, the Spring event has been iPad updates.”
Munster says that the iPad 5 will have a body style similar to the iPad mini. 9 to 5 Mac obtained images of what looked like a leaked iPad 5 with mini-like design back in January. We certainly hope the next iPad is thinner and lighter, as we’ve seen a number of Android and Windows 8 tablets that are more portable.
Munster believes that the iPad mini is due for a high-res display upgrade, although the device may not be announced at the same time as the new full-size iPad. The new iPad and mini may come in multiple color options, similar to the latest iPod touch.
While Apple still holds a commanding 43 percent lead over the tablet market, Android-powered competitors have gained momentum in the past year. Samsung alone doubled its share during 2012, and the company is predicted to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at this year’s Mobile World Congress event.