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It’s typical in today’s digital industry that we should begin talking about a product before its would-be predecessor has even hit the market, and although we’re fairly sure that Apple will be announcing a new iPad 5 at some point this fall, resident Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities already has the scoop on the iPad 6, in a note which was picked up by 9to5Mac. Apparently, it will offer a resolution exceeding the current standard of Apple’s so-called Retina iPad panel, with 30-40% more pixels over the 9.7-inch diameter.

It feels almost disrespectful to the iPad 5 to begin talking about next year’s potential release, but in today’s fast-moving digital world, it’s something that has to be done. After all, it was only last year that Apple took the decision to release two iPads within a seven month period, and although the iPad 4 was a rather rushed, unrefined effort, the bloated nature of the tablet should be rectified with the iPad 5.

We already know that the fifth-gen model will likely take on the same, or similar form factor to the iPad mini, as well as packing a tidy spec upgrade with an improved, perhaps A7 processor and new camera. But if Kuo is on point with his forecasts for the iPad 6 – bearing in mind he has a fairly solid track record – we may soon be dazzled by an uber-sharp, higher-than-Retina resolution display.

The blogosphere has also been abuzz with reports suggesting that Apple may be toying with the idea of building a larger, 12.9-inch iPad, and while Kuo remains on the fence with regards to whether the device is real, he does believe that if the Cupertino is planning such a slate, it won’t hit the market next year.

iPad rear

Kuo also believes that Apple may release a 12-inch, Retina-enabled MacBook Air, which would be thinner and lighter than the current models. Ever since the MacBook Pro got the customary Retina upgrade, the market has been waiting for the Air to follow suit, and although it was the first to get the Haswell upgrade back in the summer, the thinnest of the Apple notebook family still doesn’t offer that same dazzling display as its higher-end cousin.

MacBook Air

There’s also suggestion of a cheaper iMac arriving at some point to help bolster flagging sales of the current gen, which arrived late last year.

(via: 9to5Mac)

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