When Apple released its 4th generation iPad in October, there were speculations as to whether Apple would be sticking with a sub-1-year upgrade cycle with their flagship tablet device with a prediction of a 5th generation iPad due in Spring 2013.

According to Macotakara, a Japanese blog that has a hit-and-miss record of supply chain leaks, the next iPad will be thinner and lighter with a launch dated slated for March 2013.

The 9.7-inch tablet is expected to be 4 mm shorter, 2 mm thinner, and 17 mm narrower – simply put, you could expect it to look similar to the iPad mini, except slightly larger.

The report adds that Apple have accelerated its cycle in response to its competitors such as the Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface.

via 9to5Mac

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