The weekly grind on the iPad 5 release date, with fresh news of analyst reports, the latest features and rumors on the IGZO screen display and CES in Las Vegas. An iPad 5 release would bring a fresh version swiftly after the previous release, so bets are 50/50 on whether or not we'll see a new one so quickly ... still the money's on an iPad 5 release date in March. This could be part of a new 6 month release cycle in 2013 to keep pace with technology.
iPad 5 Release Date
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White dropped a new report in conjunction with the CES show in Las Vegas this week to say that he definitely saw an iPad 5 release date happening in March of this year.
"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."
Japanese tech blog Macotakara said the same thing about an iPad 5 release date recently. All signs right now point to an iPad 5 release that will co-opt some of the regularly updated features we saw with the previous iPad release, namely lighter, thinner and faster. A thinner bezel might be in the cards, with the bezel being the 45 degree corner. This would follow suit with the previous iPad Mini release. Sharp's IGZO technology has been one of the iPad 5 rumors for the past few weeks, and it allows for a brighter, thinner display that uses less battery power than previous iPad display technology.
Which all kind of points to the question ... why would Apple update the iPad when they just released a new version last Fall? International Business Times speculates that a 6 month product cycle would allow for a better pace of technology trends, as the tablet market is growing more competitive, saying "Reports indicate that Apple is looking to switch to a 6-month cycle instead of a 1-year cycle with the iPhone to be more aggressive against competitors such as Samsung and Google."
So as far as the iPad release date 2013 cycle ... it could get more repetitive, with fewer updates going into each one, but more frequent releases. Do you think that a six-month iPad release cycle is too frequent?