Since the rumours and speculations surrounding the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C turned out as largely real, all the wild iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 talks appear to be gaining greater steam as release date for the iOS 7 tablets nears.
For Apple observers, the 5S outing offers wealth of clues on how the 2013 versions of the two iPads will come out, apart from the long-circulating assertions that the iPad 5 has been slimmed down to look more like the Mini while the second build of the compact tablet is reportedly getting a dose of high-resolution Retina panel.
True, the 5S, according to analysts, represents no major jumps from the iPhone 5, both in design and features, but looking deeper on a number of its fresh offerings, it should be interesting for iPad users to experience the same iPhone 5S package that Apple is slated to deliver on Sept 20.
On the same release date for Apple's 2013 flagship, which is also for the mid-range iPhone 5C, we'll get a glimpse of specs and features that the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 will likely display once they hit store shelves across the globe a little later in the year.
The list below should provide images of these fresh iOS tablet capabilities:
Touch ID on the two iPads
If the 5S can be protected by Apple's new biometric security features, why not port the same amount of protection to the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2? This extra layer of security protocol may be still in the early stage of implementation but for sure, millions of Apple fans would appreciate enjoying the same blanket of invisible gadget firewall.
It is no secret that the iPad has largely replaced the PCs as the preferred tool for online shopping. With the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, this already exploding consumer activity will further expand as shoppers' confidence on safety and security gets boosted. And Apple, in living up to its reputation, can brag that it again reinvented another segment of the tech industry.
Great camera features
It seemed awkward to use a regular paper-sized device to capture images and record videos but the habit seems to be catching up as iPad owners unabashedly wield their slates when the occasion calls for preserving moments of history.
Camera on tablets is no longer for video conferencing as users realise that the iPad they rely on for fresh information and entertainment is also handy as a stand-alone camera replacement. This emerging iPad utility will only gain traction as Apple sets out to rollout improved shooting prowess with the fifth build and the Mini 2.
Apple has decided that 12MP cam lens for the 5S is not yet suitable at the moment. Why not try it out with the two iPads, which anyway have become indispensable tools for millions around world.
The prevalent whispers about the new iPad 5 is its lighter and thinner profile. Apple, according to analysts, significantly cut down the tablet footprint and upgraded its inner components - enhanced Retina panel and faster but energy-efficient processing chips - to realise a gadget that is a beast, sexy and more importantly will serve its purpose for longer hours.
To be paired with the updated design and inside parts is, of course, a higher battery rating, ensuring that enough power juice will flow out from the device when needed.
A7X chip with 64-bit computing capabilities
For the iPad and the iPad Mini 2 to become muscle cars, they will require a monster powerhouse and the best candidate is the A7X CPU to replace the A6X that was deployed with the iPad 4 last year.
A7X, of course, is a welcome addition to the 2013 iPad menu but according to experts, having this chip on both the iPad and iPhone is more of future-proofing. Users will only get the whole benefits of 64-bit computing when much of the iOS 7 ecosystem has been optimised to the same standard. It doesn't hurt, however, to have the same CPU already sitting under the iPad hood as the jump to 64-bit could accelerate by 2014.
Release date for the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 with Retina is reportedly set between October and November 2013.
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