The often reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects both the new ‘iPad 5’ and iPad mini to include an upgraded camera that would improve on the current 5 megapixel iSight camera to 8 megapixels.
Ming said in part:
“Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness.
“We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade.”
There had been talk that Apple’s been experimenting with larger screens, but if that happens we’re not likely to see it until next year. Count on the iPad 5 to maintain the 9.7-inch display size and cost the same (starting at $499) as the current model, but with improvements.
An upgraded A7 64-bit processor could likely power the device, giving the new iPad a performance boost and new opportunities for developers.
Apple typically upgrades the camera in new models so that also seems likely.
Users would welcome faster charging and longer battery life, but we’ll just have to see if Apple is ready to deliver that.
How about this for opportunism — one case maker has released several new cases for the iPad 5, even though the tablet hasn’t yet launched.
Gumdrop Cases has announced a collection of new products based on the rumored specs for Apple’s next iPad, which is expected to be lighter and have slimmer bezels.
CNET reports that firm CEO Tim Hickman has a surprisingly good record when it comes to predicting new iPad launches.
The website says that his companies have released cases prior to major Apple launches on five previous occasions, and have only guessed wrong once.
Citing the aforementioned sources, Digitimes reports that the next iPad will still have a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, albeit one which is built on a glass substrate thinner than its predecessor (0.2mm versus 0.25mm on the fourth-generation iPad).
The news website adds that the tablet will have slimmer bezels, will use more efficient LED backlighting and will be between 25-33% lighter than the previous model.
The iPad 5 won't be the only new tablet to come from Apple later this year. Apple is also expected to launch two new iPad minis, including one model with a Retina Display.
French blog Nowhereelse.fr first published the pictures, which appear to show the front-glass glass and bezel of the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad.
The purported photos would indicate, as rumored, that the iPad 5 will have slimmer bezels, making it look more similar to the iPad mini.
It is worth noting that we have not heard of the source before, and therefore do not whole if it is reliable when it comes to reporting rumors like these. It is also possible that these images could be of an iPad clone.