"Thanks to a plethora of rumors, leaks, photos and videos we have a good idea what to expect from the iPad 5 when it arrives, but there are still some parts of the iPad 5 that remain up in the air," he announces in a blogpost this week.
Most of what the iOSphere "knows" thanks to the plethora of rumors is nothing more than reasonable inference. For example, it's been almost one year since iPad mini and iPad 4 were announced and released, so it's reasonable to expect that Apple is close to announcing and releasing the next generation products. The iPhone 5S introduced a 64-bit processor, so it's reasonable to expect that the one or both of the Next iPads will have a version of it.
Then, of course, there are the photos and videos showing that iPad 5 will have the same kind of rounded sides at iPad mini. If that's not a Wow Moment, what is?
In any case, Smith reminds us that iPad 4 was announced on Oct. 23, 2012. And he seems to accept last week's unsupported claim by the French Apple fan site, MacGeneration, that Apple will announce the new tablets on Oct. 15. "A Tuesday [announcement] event in the middle of October would make sense," he assures us, though why a mid-month Tuesday announcement makes more sense than an early- or late-month Tuesday announcement, he never bothers to explain.
After the hard work is done, drawing the Obvious Conclusions is easy. "If the iPad event takes place on October 15th, the iPad 5 release date could come as soon as Friday October 25th," Smith explains. "At this point the date is a prediction based on Apple's previous timing, not from a source with insider knowledge."
If he'd just said that at the beginning, he could have written a much shorter post.
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