Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White said his checks with industry sources at this the CES indicate that the release of the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 will take place two months from now.
“Our checks at CES indicate Apple will release the iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini this March. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October,” White wrote.
The analyst also notes that the iPad 5 will be equipped with a new A6X processor and the Lightning chip.
The design will be similar to that of the iPad 3.
As for the iPad Mini, small changes in its components to improve performance are expected and no modifications to the design.
With a March launch of the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, Apple seems to have shortened their cycle update.