If you’re looking to grab an iPad, it might be good to hold off for a few more months as Digitimes claims that the 5th generation iPad will begin production around July or August of this year. This prediction comes from sources in Taiwan-based supply chain manufacturers. The rumored 9.7-inch iPad 5 is said to be thinner and lighter than the previous generation, sporting a thin-bezel design similar to the iPad mini.
The timeline seems a bit off as Apple has generally released iPads at the front end of the year. Though the late release of the 4th-gen iPad and iPad mini may have shifted Apple’s release timeline, similar to the iPhone 5.
With the Apple-Samsung relationship strained as it is, the new iPad’s display is expected to come from LG Display and Sharp. The photo above shows off an iPad 5 render created by the folks at CiccareseDesign for MacRumors, based off leaked backplate images.