The annual roll-out schedule of Apple’s leading commercial devices appears to have partially taken shape for 2013, after supply chain sources strongly hinted that the iPad 5 tablet computer will have a release date after that of the iPhone 5S smartphone.
A new report, initially leaked by Japanese technology blog Macotakara, suggests that the long-rumoured tablet computer will make its debut on shelves ‘by Christmas’, although a lot later than the originally-expected date of September, leaving plenty of room for the ‘iPhone 5S’ (pictured) to be released first.
While both products are near-enough confirmed to be carrying the upcoming new iOS7 operating system, there are plenty more ‘credible’ feature rumours surrounding the tablet device in spite of , with sources suggesting that the iPad 5 will carry the capability of telephone calls, due to the implementation of a microphone ‘cellular compatible SIM port’.
Meanwhile, colours for the iPad, as well as the next iPhone, are believed to be more wide-ranging than ‘black or white’ predecessors, with gold, grey, and navy blue amongst the hinted options for consumers, a move likely to have been one to try and compete with the more colourful range of products seen with Nokia and Microsoft’s ‘Windows OS’ devices.
The iPad 5 is also anticipated to be ‘33% thinner & lighter’ than version 4, while retaining a ‘2048 x 1536 retina display’. With an expected 2-3 million units planned for launch roll-out, Apple’s larger product will be one that they hope can keep the company’s presence in the market strong, but will it have enough to compete with ever-developing rivals, or even other devices from their own company?