The new iPad isn’t even available to the general public yet, but that won’t stop us from thinking about its successor. The new new iPad, or iPad 4, should arrive sometime in 2013 and based on what Apple has — or hasn’t — done already, we can start making predictions on a fourth iteration of the iconic device.
I walked into today’s Apple event positive that the iPad mini with a retina display, if unveiled, would be the one iPad to rule them all. I was sure that such a device would so thoroughly upstage the 9.7-inch iPad, that there would be no shortage of folks wondering why the larger sibling even continued to exist. And actually, that proved to be prescient.
Like many others outside the United States I patiently lined up to buy my very own Apple iPad on Friday 28th May. It certainly is a beautiful device. Yet, it falls short of being an exemplary business device.
With long lines still at Apple stores in the US, 24 more countries are about to go through the same lengthy experience as Apple moves heaven and earth to get as many iPad 2s out to the public as possible, with the UK’s launch date confirmed.
Today at Apple’s press event, the company announced that the iPad would receive an update. In order to harmonize the product line, the iPad will now come with a Lightning port. A6X and expanded LTE will be added to the iPad as well.
The Lightning port is a good addition for iPhone 5 customers who are going to buy an iPad before the holidays.
Rumors around the iPad mini are understandably reaching a fever pitch now that an announcement seems very likely for October 23, and a new one over the weekend claims to have a full breakdown of iPad mini unit pricing. While it seems unlikely that Apple would release pricing info to retail partners ahead of a new product launch, it isn’t entirely unprecedented.