Hot off the heels of news that the iPad mini would include a Retina display when it was next revamped, an analyst from Topeka Capital Markets is stating that both iPad lines would be receiving an update in March. This comes after a round of “checks” at CES 2013, and the analyst apparently found evidence that an update would be forthcoming:
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.
Apple previously broke their trend of yearly updates by releasing the fourth-generation iPad in November, instead of waiting a year and unveiling it in March. That could be evidence that Apple has moved to a much faster, more aggressive update cycle in order to better compete against Android- and Windows-based alternatives.
The other explanation is that this analyst is simply spouting information that may very well be false. That wouldn’t, of course, be a first for analysts – their track record is about as clean as DigiTimes. However, other sources have also been reporting that Apple has an update in the pipe for March of 2013, so we’ll just have to see.