Apple fans were a little dismayed last year as the tech giant released an updated iPad (fourth generation) in October which went against the usual annual release policy of Apple. As much as people may have not been too pleased that the iPad they bought in March 2012 was so quickly replaced it didn't stop many buying the device which was launched at the same time as the iPad Mini.
It now looks like Apple want to continue this trend as the latest rumour is that a new iPad Mini and fifth generation iPad could be released as early as March. So is this now the way forward for Apple? One release a year certainly got people eager to get their hands on the latest model so will two a year have the same effect?
An analyst has received news from sources at the CES that Apple is preparing the two new versions of the tablets for release in March. The iPad 5 is expected to be thinner and lighter and include the A6X processor seen on the iPad 4. The only rumoured specs of the iPad Mini 2 is a better processor with no hints as to what else can be expected.
Apple is also said to be testing the iOS 7 as well as expected to release new iPhones in summer in various sizes. This latest move away from an annual release may have some people feeling a little put out as they will be stuck with the old model whilst they complete their contractual period, however it will be interesting to see if this new strategy gives Apple more users or just simply splits the numbers across the released models.