Apple introduced both the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad last October, but it appears that only the latter will be in store for an update in the near future.
According to DigiTimes, volume production of the full-sized iPad will begin in July-August. Meanwhile, it is claimed that production of the second-generation iPad mini could be postponed from September to November.
DigiTimes further comments on the fifth-generation iPad, reporting that it will be more lightweight with a slim bezel design akin to the iPad mini.
The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is expected to adopt a thin-film-type touch panel solution to reduce its weight by 20-30% and will adopt a slim bezel design to increase the display area. The new iPad’s industrial design reportedly will also be modified, the sources said.
The publication adds that postponing the iPad mini could be an intentional move, to decrease the cannibalization of 9.7-inch iPad sales and meet mass-production schedules within the supply chain. Well-sourced Apple pundit Jim Dalrymple has already ruled out new iOS devices at WWDC, so the wait for that elusive iPad mini with Retina display continues.