The 9.7 inch tablet made a huge splash when it was released, but in the meantime the small tablet market has become ever more appealing thanks to price, tech and functionality. A Piper Jaffray analyst believes the full size iPad will be redesigned.
Over the past few months, Apple has been having a hard time selling the ultimate and compelling tablet experience, as smaller tablets and cheaper alternatives have become ever more popular to the buyer. A redesign of iPad might give buyers a good enough incentive to invest in the upcoming product release and analyst Gene Munster says Apple will roll out a new body style iPad as of this March.
“We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April” reads Gene Munster’s note to Piper Jaffray investors. “We believe Apple could update the full-sized iPad to a body style similar to the iPad mini” the report adds.
In an article published earlier this year, Jeremy Horwitz with iLounge was reporting about Apple’s iPad 5 and its redesign. According to Horwitz the redesigned iPad 5 is “a lot smaller than one would guess was possible”. iPad 5 will feature a “9.7” screen with virtually no left or right bezels, and only enough space above and below the screen to accommodate the mandatory camera and Home Button elements”.
iLounge’s report also says the redesigned iPad 5 is “noticeably thinner” and on the overall “the fifth-generation iPad will be smaller in every dimension than its predecessors”. Basically, iPad 5 will be a “stretched” version of iPad mini”.
However, whereas everybody will get excited to see the new redesigned iPad 9.7-inch, the early release date isn’t exactly appealing to buyers already annoyed by Apple’s latest roll-outs.