iPad 5 coming in spring, iPad mini in winter say rumours

Rumours suggest the iPad 5 will arrive next, with a new iPad mini held back until later in the year.

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Rumours are starting to swirl around the new iPad and iPad mini. Reports suggest the iPad 5 will arrive next, with the iPad mini held back until later in the year.

According to the industry-watchers at DigiTimes, the next tablet from Apple will be a new full-sized iPad in the autumn, going into production next month. The next version of the sawn-off 7.9-inch iPad mini will follow between September and November, in time for Christmas.

This is still rumour at this point, so take these reports with a pinch of salt. What will change in the new tablets is also still unconfirmed, but we're crossing our digits for a Retina display screen in the new mini.  

Speculation surrounds the timing -- on the last go-round, Apple debuted both full-sized and mini iPad at the same time. But sales of the full-sized model took a hit as people opted instead for the new iPad mini, the first small tablet from Apple -- and the cheapest, too. By holding back the new mini, Apple could be looking to avoid a similar effect on sales of the embiggened iPad.

Alternatively, Apple may spread the two out because it would have trouble mass-producing not one but two new iPads at the same time. 

If you've invested in an iPad mini, check out our 25 handy tips for making the most of your mini. And if you haven't made up your mind between the iPad mini and its 7-inch rivals, press play to compare the sawn-off Apple slate with the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD:

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