New iPad rumoured for March, said to be slim and light

A new iPad is on the way, and it'll be almost as slim as the iPad mini, according to rumours.

If you're expecting an iPad from a loved one this Christmas, look away now. There's a new model in the works, and it'll touch down in March, according to Macotakara via 9to5Mac.

The new iPad is said to be a full-size 9.7-inch model, but to be slim and light like the iPad mini . The timescale fits, as Apple updates its key product families about once a year (the recent iPad mini and slight tweak to the full-size version notwithstanding). And it could well be looking to integrate some of what it's learned from the mini into a full-size tablet.

A source told Macotakara the exact dimensions of the rumoured device. "According to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013," the site writes. "Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight. (The expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm.)"

Must be something lost in translation there. The current full-size iPad is 241.2mm in height, according to Apple's website. A 4mm tall model, now that would be quite some widescreen. 9to5Mac notes these specs could be how much smaller the new model will be compared to the current one. If that is the case, then it'll be almost as slim as the iPad mini.

The report says a second generation iPad mini is also in the works. It's said to have a Retina display, packing the same blazingly high resolution into a smaller footprint. Other Internet whispers have backed this up as well.

So should we trust these rumours? Macotakara has been on the nose with dimensions of previous unreleased iPads, and March would be a year on from the last proper update of the full-size tablet. Let's wait and see.

Would you buy a thinner, lighter iPad? And how would you improve the iPad mini? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.

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