By Jim Karpen on Tue, 10/01/2013
Unhappily I'm in the market for a new iPad mini, having dropped mine this morning and cracked the screen. So I'm doubly looking forward to Apple's announcement of new iPads in October. One rumor has said the event will be coming Oct. 15. I hope that's correct. Meanwhile, we still know little about the new iPad mini, while videos continue to surface showing in detail what the new fifth-generation iPad will look like. The latest video (see below) gives the clearest overview yet of the relative sizes of the current iPad and iPad mini compared to the fifth-generation iPad. And again it shows that the new iPad will be thinner, lighter, and narrower. It also shows that there will be a second microphone on the back of the device. I don't recall having seen that detail before.
The big question for the new iPads is how many iPhone 5s features they'll have. Many observers are suggesting that the fifth-generation iPad could have Touch ID, the new A7 chip, and 64-bit processing. And the speculation is that the iPad mini will likely get the A6 processor and probably won't come with Touch ID or 64-bit processing. Likely neither iPad will get all the great features of the iPhone 5s camera.
Soon we'll know.