Apple could be readying two new iPads for March

This is a controversial one. Apple managed to get on the wrong side of some customers late last year by improving its iPad and introducing the iPad mini just months after a previous new model had appeared. Not that it antagonised too many though, with three million iPads sold in the first three days and millions more over the festive period. Now it might be doing it all over again.

That's according to the Apple rumour mill, anyway. If we hadn't seen the new models in October, the launch of new Apple tablets would be expected, but two new models for March will take a lot of people by surprise. It will also be a sign that Apple has ditched its annual refresh policy once and for all.

The latest rumour comes from analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, who said his checks with industry sources at this week's CES event indicated both the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini will be announced in March.

The iPad 5 (not likely to be an official name) will be lighter and thinner than the current model and should come with a new A6X processor and Apple's smaller Lightning chip. The iPad mini will have upgraded components, such as a faster chip, but there's no mention of a high-resolution Retina display, which would be the obvious enhancement.

The same analyst also claimed that Apple will debut new iPhones this summer in more sizes and colours, with a debut in the May-June timeframe, which again is ahead of the one-year refresh time. With Apple already said to be testing both that phone and iOS 7, we reckon that one is a certainty, which is likely to be frustrating for anyone who happened to sign a two-year contract in the latter half of last year. For contract customers, it's something you'll just have to get used to.

Source: Apple Insider

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