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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

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The Rollup is uncertain where IBT gets the idea that Apple's earnings have plummeted. The last quarter reported record revenues and profits again, though some metrics came in under what some Wall Street analysts had estimated. IBT could be referring to Apple's stock price which has slid from $671 on October 3, 2012 to $431 on March 5, 2013.

Despite its confident declaration, it seems that IBT seems a bit uncertain about the actual date. The reason? "Other reports claimed that the fifth generation of the Apple's tablet will be released in June."

Oh. Maybe we could split the difference? Take an average. "The next iPad will be released at the end of April or early May. Or failing that, somewhere between March 6 and December 31, 2013."

Just to recap:

+ The original iPad was announced in January 2010, released March 2010

+ iPad 2 was released April 2011

+ the "new iPad" or iPad 3rd generation or iPad 3 was released March 2012

Hence, the ever verdant iOS optimism about a spring release for the Next iPad.

+ iPad mini was announced October 2012, and released November 2012

+ the "new iPad" was updated with an improved CPU, the new Lightning dock connector and other changes, becoming the 4th generation iPad or iPad 4 in October 2012 and released in November 2012 or seven months after its predecessor.

The 4th gen iPad release, coupled with Apple's massive, multi-billion dollar capital expenditures for equipment placed in its supply chain partners' plants, prompted speculation that Apple might be shifting to a six-month release cycle for iPads and other products.

If that's true, then the next iPad and iPad mini really will be released in May. Possibly maybe potentially.

iPad mini 2 will be way better, if Apple includes the five top features we know it should have

If you simply ignore trying to evaluate sources and what they're telling you and why, you can come up really authoritative-sounding posts, as International Business Times demonstrates. Yet again.

IBT fiercely ignored the sources of numerous recent and recycled rumors about the Next iPad mini. Instead it simply asserted as fact what others had only tremblingly put forth as rumors.

"iPad Mini 2 will feature a screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536," IBT smoothly declared in its post. "This is almost four times the resolution of the present iPad Mini and is equal to the fourth-generation iPad which was released along with the iPad Mini in 2012."

That sounds so much better and smoother and more convincing instead of using words like potentially, possibly, perhaps, may and could.

And there's more. "Other specs include a more powerful dual core A7 processor and a 7.9-inch screen. It will also feature a 10-hour battery life, a FaceTime HD camera, and an iSight camera with 1080 pixels HD video recording. Apple is also trying to reduce the thickness of the iPad Mini 2 by using the Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in its screens."

There's only tiny problem. "However, Apple remained tight-lipped on its plans this year and the details of its upcoming devices."

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