It's widely expected that Apple
plans to follow up the launch of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
handets with new iPad and iPad mini tablets, though it's still a bit of a mystery as to when those products will be announced. Based on leaked info and rumor mill chatter, most analysts believe Apple is on pace to announce a fifth generation 9.7-inch iPad
later this month, and for a time, some also expected a new iPad mini would make a simultaneous debut.
That no longer looks to be the case. While the iPad 5 may still have an unveiling in October, it's looking more and more like the next iPad mini device, which is expected to sport a Retina class display, will be pushed back into next year.
"The Regina mini looks less certain for that time. Manufacturing volumes on that would match better with a Q1 14 launch," Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli, told CNET
. "But given that it's Apple, one never knows."
There seems to be a lot of rumors surrounding the iPad mini in particular. While most expect that it will have a Retina display, that will ultimately depend on how quickly component suppliers
are able to churn out the necessary panels. In addition, a Retina iPad mini could end up being thicker and heavier, leading to speculation of a thinner, non-Retina model being in the works.
On top of all this, some of the other features being talked about (at least in regards to the iPad 5) are wireless charging capabilities and Touch ID, the latter of which is implemented on the iPhone 5S.