GADGET DESIGNER Apple reportedly will release two new iPad models later this year, including a 'redesigned' iPad 5 and an iPad Mini with Retina display.
That's according to Bloomberg, which has heard from "two people" familiar with Apple's plans that the firm will hold an iPad event soon after its anticipated iPhone announcement on 10 September, where it will debut the two new iPad models.
The first of these will be a refresh of Apple's 9.7in iPad tablet, which reportedly has been redesigned to more closely resemble the iPad Mini. This means that it's likely to feature a smaller bezel around the screen, and a more angular design.
This will debut along with a new iPad Mini, which is tipped to feature a high-resolution Retina display. This screen reportedly will measure 7.9in, the same as Apple's first iPad Mini tablet, although there's no word on screen resolution yet.
Not much else is known about Apple's upcoming iPad lineup, but we can assume that they will run the company's iOS 7 operating system.
Apple will no doubt be hoping that its upcoming iPad launch will help ramp up sales of its tablet devices, with analyst outfit IDC having reported last week that the firm's tablet shipments failed to match analysts expectations in the second quarter.
According to the research firm, Apple shipped only 14.6 million iPads in the second quarter, down from 19.5 million in the first quarter, due to its lack of iPad announcement this year so far. This also hit global tablet shipments, with sales down 9.7 percent compared to the first quarter.
There's no word on when Apple will make its anticipated iPad announcement. µ