One of the industry’s most well-connected people has confirmed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will not be unveiling the next generation iPad on Sept. 10. This stands in stark contrasts to reports elsewhere that we would see it alongside the next generation iPhone and its low cost counterpart.
Confusion regarding Apple’s next iPad
Mac Rumors notes that Bloomberg reported on a couple of occasions that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s next iPad would be unveiled on Sept. 10. However, these mentions were rather casual in nature, coming in articles not specifically focusing on iPads, and as Mac Rumors points out, they could have been mistakes.
Now we have confirmation from Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, who says that there will be no iPad at the planned event on Sept. 10. The event is expected to feature only the next generation iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, which is believed to be Apple’s low cost model of the popular handset.
Apple Insider points out that historically, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has kept its iPhone and iPad events separate, so it would make sense that the same would happen this year. As a result, we can expect to see the next iPad Mini and the new iPad at an October event just before the holiday shopping season.
What will Apple’s next iPad look like?
The fifth-generation 10-inch iPad is expected to follow the design of the iPad Mini. It will likely have smaller bezels and be thinner than the current iPad model. It is also expected to be lighter, and we’ve seen photos which are purported to be of components for the next iPad for much of the year.
In terms of the new iPad Mini, it’s expected to have a Retina display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will offer a low cost iPad Mini without a Retina display. However, the analyst is also expecting that we won’t see either new iPad model until early next year.