The rumors aren’t stopping. Today, we’re hearing reports that Apple is brewing next-generation models of its iPad mini and the iPad. The reports are based on the recent changes Apple has made on its product launch schedule. For example, iPad 3 owners were a little upset when Apple decided to launch the iPad 4 just months after its release. The same was true with the iPad mini. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes that Apple will mostly likely update its iDevices every six months, bringing a total of 2 new devices to the table every year.
White says that his “checks” with industry sources at this week’s CES indicate signs of a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini in the works. White takes it further saying that the aforementioned devices will debut this March, nearly 6 months after the iPad mini and the iPad were announced. Describing the upcoming features of the two devices, White writes, “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.”