It’s only been about three months since Apple launched its iPad 4, but the Cupertino giant is already getting ready for its next-generation 9.7 tablet, probably called iPad 5.
As rumored before, it looks like the new 9.7 inch iPad will resemble the 7.9 inch iPad Mini design-wise.
Research firm TrendForce assumes that Apple will officially unveil the iPad 5 sometime in the third quarter of the year – hence between July and September. Reportedly, the tablet will have a improved design firstly thanks to a touch module (called GF2) that’s also used in the iPad Mini (pictured below). This, alongside with a narrower bezel, should make the new tablet thinner and lighter.
The iPad 4 already has a high-resolution screen (2048 x 1536 pixels), and it’s hard to believe things will be changed in this department with the iPad 5 – after all, 264 ppi is more than enough for a 9.7 inch display.
Like the upcoming iPhone 6 / 5S, the iPad 5 will be most likely powered by a quad-core Apple A7 processor.
An iPad Mini 2 is also expected to debut later this year, possibly coming with a 7.9 inch screen that has the same resolution as the bigger iPad (2048 x 1536 pixels). It remains to be seen if Apple will announced both its new tablets at the same time.