iPad Mini 2 Release Date

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago since the iPad Mini was released together with the iPad 4th Generation back in November, and consumers were understandably annoyed given the lack of time in between iPad releases. It was the first time Apple have released an updated product within 12 months of the previous generation, but if rumors are anything to go by, it may not be the last time this happens, with the iPad Mini 2 release date and iPad 5 expected to launch in March 2013.

Following on from this, word from Cupertino suggests Apple’s update schedule has been changed to a 6 month cycle, meaning we’ll see two new generations of iOS devices each year. That’s bad news for consumers if this is true, with the average contract – at least in the UK – lasting 24 months, so instead being 1 generation behind, consumers can expect to be 3-4 generations behind between contract upgrades.

iPad Mini 2 Retina Display

The iPad 5 is expected to feature a thinner and lighter design (as always), but there’s no word on updated components, but if Apple is releasing a new product every 6 months, we may start to see the component upgrades slow down slightly. As for the iPad Mini 2, it is expected to stay relatively the same design, but with updates to its internal processor and other components. Interestingly, there was no mention if the iPad Mini 2 has Retina display included, which if true will be a shock to most consumers as a lot were holding out on purchasing the iPad Mini in a hope waiting for a Retina model.

I’m undecided if a 6 month refresh cycle is a good idea or not; on the one hand we will have a constant upgrade with the latest hardware, but it sounds like an expensive hobby. If you have the money to afford to buy the latest gadget every 6 months then this can only be good news, but what about the rest of us?

  1. There’s a thing called “not needing to upgrade when a new model is released”. I still have my iPad 2 and I wont be upgrading until another 2 years. I also recently got an iPhone 5 but it’s my first iPhone. I probably wont upgrade until another 3-4 years. There’s just simply no reason to upgrade when every new model is released. Most of the times, it’s VERY minor upgrades.

  2. Bad news for consumers? Why is this so important? Because it’s from Apple? If you are an android user, your a generation or two behind every 10 minutes. It’s only bad news if your an early adopter and have to have every version of IOS hardware that apple puts out.

    I agree, upgrades will probably be incremental and a lot of those are in the software which most will get anyway. If you are on contract to take advantage of the subsidies from the telcos, you stay with that hardware for the length of the contract. Otherwise buy unsubsidized so that you can have the latest and greatest. I’m tired of the whiners.

  3. Consumers like to have the latest and greatest, especially with Apple dropping support for products quickly with their software releases, you can quickly find yourself with an out of date device. With this aggressive release cycle, you can find yourself with outdated hardware with over 12 months left of your contract – not a good situation.

  4. Yes, but you’ll also find people who DO need to upgrade to a new product. Apple have a very clever way of convincing people you need something when in reality, you don’t. Remember when the iPad was released? Now we can’t live without it.

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