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iPad mini 2 release date tipped for March

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Just months after the first iPad mini hit retailers, new reports have suggested Apple is planning an iPad mini 2 release date as early as March.

Creating just a six month product cycle for its first 7-inch tablet, industry analysts have predicted that a March iPad mini 2 release is on the cards, with the Cupertino based company set to bring a number of revisions, including the much sought-after Retina display, into the mix.

Seemingly set to cut short its typical 12 month product cycles in order to fend off rising competition from Android supporting devices such as the Google Nexus 7, latest reports have suggested that Apple will respond to the expected raft of MWC 2013 unveiled tablets with its first update to the iPad mini line in just a matter of weeks. What’s more, it is believed that the iPad mini 2 release will coincide with the arrival of the iPad 5, sporting an all new design form factor compared with the current iPad 4.

“Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March,” industry analyst with Topeka Capital Markets, Brian White has said. “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.”

iPad mini 2 Rumours

Far from the first time iPad mini 2 rumours have circulated, recent reports have suggested that a second-generation of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet model will land hot on the heels of its predecessor, with an iPad 4 and iPhone 5 style Retina display the most widely expected addition.

Whilst it is believed that the iPad mini 2 will feature a specs jump in the form of a faster processor and a possible update to the tablet’s camera optics, an iPad mini 2 Retina display addition has been the focus of a number of iPad mini 2 rumours.

“Apple will be using Sharp’s IGZO technology in the second-generation iPad mini, which will allow the tablet’s display to be thinner and more power efficient while still maintaining excellent colour and brightness,” insider Apple tipsters recently declared.

Should Apple be launching an iPad mini 2 so shortly after the arrival of the first-generation model or is it simply punishing early adopters? Share your thoughts on the matter and let us know what iPad mini 2 features you would like to see via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: MacRumours

Bruno Silva

January 14, 2013, 5:46 pm

I think Apple's not choice here. The competition has been knocking Apple's door for some time and it is getting closer and closer. Apple has to do something. We all know Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of an iPad mini at all but Apple was forced to respond therefore was force to enter the much loved Mini market. Apple can't ignore it anymore. I think the first iPad Mini was a mistake, maybe it could've been much better without the urgency to add a retina display now. Had Apple done that before it would not be necessary to hurry. I am not sure a six month cycle will make costumers happy but Apple had better not make a msitake here as there is no longer space for mistakes in this very competitive field.

Toni F

January 21, 2013, 9:11 pm

Your absolutely right! Apple better step it up, I'm not sure if this is the way for them to go, but only time will tell. I for one won't go back to the ipad or iphone tho.

CC

January 25, 2013, 8:38 pm

apple is a for profit company. competition is high on ~7" tablet. if the ipad mini 2 releases 12 mos after, most potential buyers likely have purchased a mini tablet! they can't wait that long. 6 mos is a good move!

sandy_asia

February 4, 2013, 3:11 pm

6 months is perfect especially since a lot of people are dissatisfied with the current iPad mini's limited display. The updated version will help put them back out there!! Go Apple!

Riley Slinn

February 13, 2013, 7:55 pm

Agreed, I was going to buy an Ipad mini until I found out it was practically identical to the Ipad 2 for specs.... I changed my mind when I heard that because I dont want to be getting old technology in a new device considering newer apps may not work properly due to the supposed "lack of hardware". That made me wonder if the ipad mini would be phased out of whatever could come next (after siri not being on some devices) since Ipad 2 is the next to go and the mini sports the same internals. Perhaps they planned it this way all along and the mini was simply a test to see if they could get a market share in the smaller tablets and with the instant success perhaps they got to work right away on the next one.

Jon

September 12, 2013, 3:28 am

Guess the rumors were wrong

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