The wait for the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 release date may have just gotten a little bit longer if the latest rumors about Apple's next set of tablets are true.
The reason behind this delay stems from the fact that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is out as Apple's iPad producing factory, according to International Business Times' unnamed sources.
The Apple-Foxconn split is reportedly "due to the unreliability" of Foxconn, which is said to have created woes for Apple with scratch-prone iPhone 5 handsets and up to 8 million returns.
Foxconn is also producing Android handsets and even announced its own device that could compete against the long-rumored Apple iWatch.
While Apple's new, so far unnamed supplier remains unknown, the Cupertino-based company may need some extra time due to the switch.
But here's where the new iPad release date rumor becomes suspect. The report claims that the latest projections indicate an iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 release date in July.
That's this month. Before iPhone 5S. Before iOS 7. Apple has always been more likely to launch the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 in October, one year after the release of iPad 4 and iPad Mini.
The report doesn't have a new release date attached to the new tablets, so whether or not the launch was "pushed back" to October remains a guess at this point.
While the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 launch dates are a big question mark at this point, there's a better indication as to what features we'll see from the forthcoming tablets.
Rumors have indicated that the iPad Mini 2 will be refreshed with a Retina display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.
Behind its same 7.9-inch screen the heart of the tablet is likely to be Apple A6X processor, an upgrade over the current model's A5 System on a Chip.
The iPad 5, meanwhile, may introduce the Apple A7 chip if the iPhone 5S doesn't beat it to the punch in September.
Its upgrade in processor speed may be accompanied by a downgrade in weight, as the full-sized iPad for 2013 is said to be 33 percent lighter than last year's model.
With rumors circulating that the iPhone 5S will launch in late September, it's only a matter of time before we start hearing about the new iPads coming down the non-Foxconn factory pipe.
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