All-new iPad coming in April?

We could be very close to a new iPad, and it won’t have mere spec bumps like the fourth-generation model.

According to Piper Analyst Gene Munster, Apple will release a redesigned iPad at an April event, one that will look very similar to the sleek iPad mini. After all, there is a pattern here.


“We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April,” Munster said in a note to clients. “Over the past two years, the Spring event has been iPad updates.”

It’s not exactly a bold prediction, but Munster also says that the iPad 5 will have a body style similar to the iPad mini. 9 to 5 Mac obtained images of what looked like a leaked iPad 5 with mini-like design back in January. We certainly hope the next iPad is thinner and lighter, as we’ve tested a number of Android and Windows 8 tablets that are more portable. It’s time for Apple to catch up in that department while still delivering a Retina Display with less bezel.

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Speaking of Retina screens, Munster believes that the iPad mini is due for a high-res display upgrade, although the device may not be announced at the same time as the new full-size iPad. Don’t be surprised if both the new iPad and mini come in multiple color options, similar to the latest iPod touch.

While Apple still holds a commanding 43 percent lead over the tablet market, Android-powered competitors have gained momentum in the past year. Samsung alone doubled its share during 2012, and the company is predicted to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at this year’s Mobile World Congress event at the end of February.