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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending March 6

The iPad 5 date data debate rages; rhetorical flourish turns rumor into fact

By , Network World
March 06, 2013 10:22 AM ET

Network World - The iOSphere is gripped in a rumor drought regarding the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. Most of this week's buzz was over a blogpost that claims an "April-ish" release for the Next iPads. Potentially. Maybe.

Also this week: a rumor that the release will be in March, not April. And How to Sound Authoritative When Reporting Apple iPad Rumors as Fact: just pretend they're facts.

You read it here second.

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"However, Apple remained tight-lipped on its plans this year and the details of its upcoming devices."

Anonymous posting, International Business Times, winner of the Rollup's Understatement of the Week Award for Next iPad Rumoring.

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New iPads will appear in "April-ish"...potentially

"Next generation iPads...may also debut as soon as this April," according to iMore Editor-in-Chief Rene Ritchie, citing "sources familiar with the plans." 

The next generation would be a new full-sized iPad, or iPad 5, and "potentially" the iPad mini 2, according to Ritchie.

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BusinessInsider's Jay Yarrow graciously refers to Ritchie's post as a "report" and assures his readers that "Ritchie has been one of the most accurate Apple reporters in the world." Daring Fireball's John Gruber, linking to Ritchie's post, says that "Ritchie's track record on this sort of stuff has been impeccable."

Yet Ritchie's post is a model of diminishing expectations. He goes on to say "We've also been told an April-ish launch is getting serious consideration for the next-generation iPads, but we're really not sure what to make of that yet," he writes. "iPad 5 casings have already begun to leak -- the only big redesign in the line -- so that could make sense."

Then again, logically, it could not make sense. Ritchie seems to put more confidence in the iPad 5 casing "leaks" than the Rollup does.

But there's more...err, less.

"Retina for the iPad mini, however, still doesn't sound imminent," he writes. That may, would, or could mean, potentially, that iPad mini 2 has the same old resolution of iPad 2, lacking the crisp, clear, pellucid beauty of Apple's Retina Display technology.

By this point, one can be forgiven for wondering just how "familiar" Ritchie's sources actually are with a "plan" that sounds about as organized as an impromptu Saturday afternoon mall hangout of teenagers.

Perhaps sensing his sources have been insufficiently forthcoming, Ritchie does some deducing. "Apple is not going to release iPads that costs more or don't get as good battery life as the current models," he says, an assumption-conclusion which, Rollup agrees, is a good bet. "So, if the next iPad mini does end up getting slated for April, it could be a spec bump, or have something other than Retina as a differentiator."

The Rollup is pretty convinced, based on sources familiar with the plan, that something will be different in the iPad mini 2, for sure.

Forget April. iPad 5 will be release in...wait, this month!

Citing "rumours" (that's the Brit version of "rumors"), but not bothering to link to them, International Business Times reveals that "the new iPad could arrive as early as March 2013 in the hope that it could salvage Apple's plummeting earnings."

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