iPad 5: release date, specs, price, news and rumours

The Apple iPad Air is now official at just 7.5mm thin whilst also boasting the same A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s and the iPad Mini Retina Display

 

Apple has unveiled the Apple iPad Air, or iPad 5 as it has been previously known. Apple's thinnest tablet yet the iPad Air is just 7.5mm thin and comes sporting the same powerful A7 64-bit processor found in the iPhone 5s.

Unveiled at the Apple October iPad Event the new iPad Air was just one of a number of announcements that took place on the night including the unveiling of a new iPad Mini with Retina display.

Apple looks to have had a bumper evening after it also unveiled that its latest operating system Mac OS X Mavericks would be completely free to download.

The iPad Mini Retina will be Apple's best iPad yet according to T3's Magazine Editor Luke Peters who has been going hands-on with Apple's smallest and most powerful tablet.

To see just how much of a change the new tablet is check out our iPad Air vs iPad 4 comparison to see how far Apple has come.

Check out our iPad Air/iPad 5 rumours below to see just how close many of the leaks actually were to the official product:

With technology moving at such a quick pace it's unsurprising that talk has already turned to the new specs, features and of course the design of Apple's upcoming iPad 5. The company has announced an official event will be taking place in San Francisco on October 22, and many believe this is when we'll see Apple's new slate.

With most of the Apple rumour mill focused on the arrival of an iPhone 6 and the newly-named iPhone 5C, rumours surrounding the iPad 5 have remained few and far between, but it hasn't been all bad with a few rumours slipping through the net.

iPad 5 release date

With the likes of the Google Nexus 10 both nailing the specs sheet and offering a tablet that's as light as it is powerful, Apple may be looking to reinvent the iPad as something that is as premium as it is portable without sacrificing the build-quality with the iPad 5.

Current rumours point to a mid-2013 release date - AppleInsider reports that Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, wrote to insiders to suggest Apple felt the pressure of launching a new 9.7-inch iPad 5 to retain its lead in the tablet market.

"Though the iPad mini is expected to be successful, we think launching a lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad as quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically," Kuo wrote.

What this means is that we could see a lighter iPad 5 before we see an iPad Mini with Retina Display as Apple will be looking to regain as much of the larger tablet market share as possible from Google and Microsoft.

On October 16th, French site MacG.co claimed that it received information that the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 will go on sale on October 31st.

There’s no easy way for us to tell whether or not that date is right or not. However, it is only a matter of hours before we find out for sure.

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