On Monday, the rumour mill surrounding the release of the iPad 5 went into full force. Because we specialise in iPad hires at Hamilton Rentals, we follow Apple’s iPad development and release dates very closely!
Earlier this week, sources within Taiwan’s supply chain reported the mass production of the iPad 5 would begin this summer, and that September could see the roll-out of between 2 and 3 million units.
The iPad 5 is rumoured to be between 25 and 33 percent lighter than the iPad 4. Opposed to the 4th generation iPad’s .25mm glass substrate, the iPad 5 will have a .2mm glass panel and one LED backlight instead of two. The reduction of LED lighting and the breadth of the glass layer will drastically cut back on the thickness and weight of the iPad 5.
It’s no secret that Apple has faced some trouble in 2013 already. The American Customer Service Index released their Information Sector numbers for May, and Apple’s customer satisfaction rankings for smartphones dropped by two percentage points whereas rival Samsung’s smartphone CS rating jumped by seven percentage points, considerably narrowing the gap between the two industry leaders. The release of the thinner, lighter iPad might be the boost that Apple needs to increase its overall customer satisfaction lead.
We can only speculate what is in store for iPad fans, but whether the iPad 5 will be a revolution or an evolution remains to be seen based on what the public knows for now. However, we are excited to see what the new device can do!
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