That’s right iPad fans. Both the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad mini’ll be freshened with improved hardware prior to completion of this year. DigiTimes released a report breaking down manufacturing and launch dates for both Apple tablets in the works. Sources include Taiwan-based supply chain producers, who declare the iPad mini 2 won’t attain volume production till November 2013.

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It’s not clear whether the next generation iPad mini has been delayed due to element shortages or if Apple is wanting to improve full-size iPad sales ahead of the spruced up iPad mini launch. The fifth-generation iPad is anticipated to enter mass production starting in July, with the product striking shelves throughout the 3rd quarter of this year. The photo above from CiccareseDesign is an artist’s making of the iPad mini 2 and revamped iPad 5 side-by-side.

According to DigiTimes:

The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is expected to take on a thin-film-type touch panel solution to decrease its weight by 20-30 % and will adopt a slim bezel design to enhance the display location. The new iPad’s industrial design reportedly will likewise be modified, the sources stated.

Apple is expected to ship eight million iPad 5 units in Q3 of 2013, with this number enhancing throughout the holiday season. When it comes to the iPad mini, industry watchers are searching for Apple to produce the 7.9-inch iOS tablet with a Retina screen. Not only this, but leaked iPad mini 2 specifications point to a quicker processor and enhanced camera. Some reports have even explained a reduced-price iPad mini that’d help Apple compete with existing tablets in the $199 – $249 range.

In any case, search for future iPad hardware to be revealed later this year. It’s possible the iPad 5 or iPad mini 2 will be announced in addition to the iPhone 5S ahead of the holiday shopping period.

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