The iOS 7 is said to be previewed for the very first time in front of the world by Cupertino iDevices giant, Apple, at its WWDC 2013 event starting tomorrow. The new iOS 7 is said to be packed with a whole new design, and a lot more new features, if compared with earlier versions of the iOS. The final availability and release of iOS 7 is also going to mark the release date of iPhone 5S and iPad 5 later this year.
When Apple was all set to release iPad Mini, it gave a big surprise by releasing the 4th generation iPad. It led to the belief that Apple will be releasing the iPad 5 in 2013. The rumor mills have been churning at a furious pace, and one after another detail of the next iteration of the iPad started to emerge.
The next iPad 5 will be much lighter than its predecessors. Apple has introduced a revolutionary display which helped it to shave out large superfluous part of the display and the next iPad will be 33% lighter than the previous iteration of the iPad. The iPad 5 will probably go into production in July.
The truth is finally dawning upon Apple that it will not have a free run in the market with its present version of iPad 4 and iPad Mini. Even the supposedly puny Microsoft Surface which has been dubbed as too costly and a dud by experts can pose a threat to the iPad 4 and iPad Mini. Therefore, apple is being forced to launch its 9.7 inch, iPad 5 to once again reaffirm itself as the leader in the tablet market. The launch of the much thinner and sleeker iPad 5 will ensure this preposition.
Digitimes had reported in November that Apple will be launching the iPad 5 sometime in the middle of 2013. However, it is now clear that the iPad 5 could be launched along with iPad Mini sometime in October. Earlier it was reported that iPad 5 will be released in March. However it turned out to be a false rumor. The rumor was sourced to Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets on 12 January 2013 and by Gene Munster of investment bank Piper.
The purported release of the iPad 5 could have been delayed due to the shortage of touch sensors for the iPad Mini which was selling well. Apple felt that it is better to focus on its present strengths and then concentrate on future devices.
DigiTimes has reported in its 20th May edition that iPad 5 production will begin on July/August, and we can see a launch in autumn.