While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is busy to set the stage for its next generation iPhone 5S and low-price iPhone 5C launch scheduled for September 10, a new repot claims that iPad 5 and iPhone Mini 2 would also debut in Q4 this year. Interestingly, the report continues to claim that Apple is apparently working on a ‘less-expensive’ iPad Mini that will be introduced in 2014.
According to AppleInsider, suppliers to Apple will start shipping the parts for both next generation iPad and iPad Mini by the end of third quarter. This will result in mass production and immediate release of new iPads. The delay in iPad 5 is mainly due to the last minute design change which is influenced with iPad Mini.
The report seems to have some authentication; yesterday we showcased a video of leaked parts of iPad 5 comparing it with current iPad (iPad 4). The launch of iPad Mini 2, however, along with iPad 5 indicates that Apple has is parallel gearing up for ‘upgraded version’ of iPad Mini (for reference we will address as iPad Mini 3) with significant changes; something that could cut down the price of iPad Mini little further.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, well connected KGI Analyst, Apple is planning to keep its Retina and Non-Retina display iPad in the market to compete with tons of Android powered different screen sizes tablets including Galaxy Tabs.
According to few earlier rumors, Apple would launch bigger screen iPhone 6 in April 2014 and we wont be surprised to see the roll out of another variant of iPad Mini along to tap flourishing market of small screen tablets. Apple is already facing the heat in Tablet market; in Q2, 2013 company’s market share dived down to 40.1% from 60.3% in earlier quarter. Smaller screen tablets ( 7 to 8 inches) are forecasted to control atleast 50% of total tablet market and Apple’s is trying to grab the biggest pie of the market by constantly increasing its product variants with reduced price strategy.