Is Apple Planning an iPad Surprise?

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may take just five months to launch the next generation of its iPad from the release of the last version, with a Japanese blog reporting that the fifth-generation model of the tablet was headed for the market as early as March.

What is Apple Planning?

Japanese blog Mac Otakara said that the next version of Apple’s 9.7-inch tablet may arrive in March with a thinner and lighter frame that would put it closer to the iPad mini. The report added that an upgraded iPad mini with Retina display was also on its way.

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Apple’s product life cycle has been the subject of much discussion lately, with concerns that the company was on a rapidly shortening path. The fourth-generation iPad was released just eight months after the third-generation iPad by Apple, which earlier usually put in at least a year between upgrades.

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