iPad 5 Release Date Set for the Middle of 2013?

The iPad 5 release date will take place sometime in the middle of 2013, according to new reports.

The online publication DigiTimes recently reported that Apple will introduce the new tablet around that time. The report also states that the next generation iPhone will be released in the middle of next year.

However, this claim seems a bit off since Apple normally introduces new iPhones in either the fall or the summer and the iPad 4th generation was unveiled and launched already. Apple seems to be full of surprises these days so anything is possible, but this report should be taken with a grain of salt.

An earlier report had stated that the iPhone 5S will launch during the first half of 2013.

The Taiwan-based publication the Commercial Times reported that Apple is planning to introduce lower-cost versions of its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV in the first half of the year.

The article was translated and reveals Apple's plan for 2013.

"Apple against Samsung quietly trial production, December edition iPhone (rumored iPhone 5S) of 5 to 10 million units in the first trial production point of view, forecast massive shipment of the first quarter of next year," read the report.

"The industry pointed out that Apple's new machine together, the new version of the iPhone, iPad and iTV in the first half of next year will be launched, including in low-priced products are also expected to debut, breaking Apple over the years, the practice of the year a new machine," continued Commercial Times.

The reason for Apple allegedly rushing out another iPhone model is due to the company undergoing increased competition from Samsung, who releases smartphones and tablets at a much quicker rate.

However, the new iPhone and iPad having a lower price tag seems unlikely.

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