Are iPads Part of Apple’s Launch Party Plans?

ipad2_white_handDespite rumors to the contrary, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) customers are unlikely to get their hands on the next-generation iPads anytime soon, reports Apple Insider. Earlier this week, a report from Bloomberg suggested that Apple would unveil its new iPads alongside its new iPhones on September 10.

However, a terse statement from Jim Dalrymple — the laconic but often accurate Apple product seer — dismissed Bloomberg’s report. “Nope. No iPads,” stated Dalrymple via his blog The Loop. MacRumors also reports that Bloomberg has already removed the reference to iPads appearing at the September 10 event.

The Cupertino-based company typically separates its iPhone and iPad launches into two different media events. Last year, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 in September while the fourth-generation iPad and first-generation iPad mini were revealed in October. This year, Apple is widely expected to introduce the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S at a September 10 media event.

Several leaked images of the so-called “iPad 5″ suggest that the next iteration of Apple’s full-size tablet will borrow many design elements from the iPad mini. The next-generation iPad is rumored to feature narrower bezels and a reduced overall size.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously predicted that the iPad 5 would be approximately 15 percent thinner and 25-33 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad reports MacRumors. Earlier this month, FanaticFone obtained the rear casing for an iPad 5 that measured 9.45 inches by 6.6 inches. Assuming it was a genuine Apple component, this indicates that the next-generation iPad will be slightly smaller than the current iteration of iPad that is 9.5 inches long and 7.3 inches wide.

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