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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 14

John Cox | Aug. 16, 2013
Dueling dates, mimicking the mini, fabulizing Foxconn.

According to Haverzine, the Bloomberg story information about the iPad mini with Retina display confirms an earlier confirmation in an Aug. 1 story in The Wall Street Journal. Yet here's the Journal's starting paragraph: "Apple Inc.'s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad Mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung Electronics Co., people familiar with the matter said...."

If the suppliers are ramping up mass production of new iPads in the October-December quarter, when will they actually be announced, and when will they actually be released? Such a schedule could push both events into early 2014.

And, the Journal story signaled a certain caution in evaluating the source's claims. "Apple routinely tests various designs and has been known to make changes late in the design process, so it isn't clear whether the proposed new product will make its way to market. However, an iPad Mini with a retina display appears more likely, particularly after Google Inc. released its latest Nexus 7 tablet last week with a high-resolution screen."

The second trustworthy source, according to Haverzine, is John Gruber, who often covers Apple at his DaringFireball blog. Haverzine links to a recent post by Gruber on the prospects for a low-cost iPhone. He actually mentions the iPad announcement schedule in a footnote to this post: "If I'm right, this would leave the iPad 2 as the last device with a 30-pin port. I expect them to abandon that device in October, when new iPads are announced."

The case for November....

This is weaker, if that's possible.

Citing the same Bloomberg post, the click-trolling site TechThirsty, announces in a headline that "Apple iPad Mini 2 Release Date November, No Cheaper Version of iPad Mini2, iPad 5 Release in Q4 2013."

Ayush Daga apparently didn't actually read the Bloomberg post. He read the MacRumors post about the Bloomberg post, but makes it all sound much more authoritative and, you know, trustworthy than it actually is. "MacRumours has quoted analyst Bloomberg as stating that the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 will be released later on this year," Daga writes, apparently now abandoning the November release date mentioned in his own headline.

The only problem is that the MacRumors post in question also doesn't mention "November." It says that Bloomberg says that two people say that the Next iPads will be released sometime in the last three months of this year.

Some more confusion was added when Piper Jaffray stock analyst Gene Munster sent ripples through the iOSphere this week with a note to investors, summarized by among others Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog.


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