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iPad 5, mini 2 and Nexus 7 2 release anticipation grows

Under: Tablet PC
By:Daniel | June 5th, 2013

Apple fans had a taste last year of how it feels to receive three Apple iPads within 7 months, and while this isn’t for everyone it seems some people anticipated the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 to feature a release date in the first half of this year. This is obviously not the case now we’re in June; so all eyes look towards fall for new tablet hardware.

Confusion from an indecisive blog – we have been hearing the fall timeframe for iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 for a number of weeks now, and the launch is clearly not going to be at WWDC 2013 considering production hasn’t started and would start 2 to 3 months before the official release date.

One blog that loves to share insider information about the iPhone 5S, iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 is DigiTimes, which their latest rumors point to the iPad mini 2 being delayed with production not starting to fall. This would mean an iPad mini 2 release date in December or even early 2014, although they claim the iPad 5 is on schedule for production starting in July with a release in October.

We touched on the common iPad mini 2 delay rumors at the end of last month, and even though we questioned the reliability of them it seems this hasn’t stopped other technology blogs pushing the idea of a delay still.

It is good to remember that one of the blogs behind the insider information is DigiTimes, which is the same blog claiming “insiders” told them the iPhone 5S would likely launch at WWDC 2013 with a release date in June. They then later explained that these insiders were wrong, and the launch will now end up in September, then published an article after this claiming the iPhone 5S could still arrive in June even though production hasn’t started.

Apple iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 anticipation grows – our readers have been clear about their feelings towards the iPad mini 2 release date, and the majority want it sooner rather than later. One reader explained, “The new mini 2 should be out now, there are plenty of buyers waiting for it, including me“.

Another one of Phones Review’s readers stated, “I’m waiting to buy a 7-8-inch tablet before summer vacations (I need a smaller tablet for traveling) and I’m considering Apple’s iPad mini 2 with LTE and better screen or the new Nexus 7 2 with LTE, whichever comes first“.

These are just a couple of positive comments revealing demand for the iPad mini 2 and 2nd generation Nexus 7, although we have had many more.

Bottom-line: Apple will release their new iPads around October and any blogs claiming anything different shouldn’t just follow the crowd with unfounded rumor, which is especially the case with websites like DigiTimes continually contradicting themselves. The latest rumors for Nexus 7 2 point to an unveiling at the Computex Technology Show, which starts this week.

If you are looking to purchase a 7-inch tablet, would you rather have an iPad mini 2 or second generation Nexus 7?

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  • Patrick

    2nd gen nexus 7…

  • Nico

    Of course Nexus 7

  • ray phalanges

    2nd gen Nexus. no contest.

  • Piyush Malik

    Nexus 7 all the way!!

  • Shanjida Ima

    I can’t wait until they unveil the new Nexus 7!!! I really want one, but I’m waiting to see if the rumors are true.

  • Murray Snudge

    It has to be Nexus 7 as best value for my hard-earned – no brainer.

    • AltayKai

      dat ass!

      • Murray Snudge

        Not bad is it!

  • Test User

    Could buy 2 2nd gen Nexus 7 for the same price of an iPad mini 2 I bet.

    • AltayKai

      Nope half the price and even lower.

  • Mac

    eagerly waiting for ipad mini 2!!!! Cant wait to run my fingers over the awesome IOS touch screen!!

    • bobcat games

      And apple can’t wait to rub there fingers counting your hard earned cash.. nexus 7 2 all the way….

      • AltayKai

        Well said, my man!

  • Zach

    Second Gen Nexus 7. Can’t wait!!!

  • Paul Gillen

    ipad mini hands down the best best 7-8 inch tablet out there but i wish it had; a fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, nfc, waterproff-nessand a IR blaster

    • GTRsdk

      And it probably won’t get any if those….

    • j7.deville

      its good but has major OS limitations which is frustrating for those of us who want a flexible device, seriously apart from the smooth OS and the App Store, ios’ has major function and sharing issues.

  • AltayKai

    Nexus 7 shits easily on it.

    • j7.deville

      actually as a strong android supporter I have to give apple props the ipad mini is a great little device and feels very elegant and premium in the hand and although the OS has many limitations for basic everyday use to works good.

    • Thomas Owen

      Yeah but it is already a year old dude

  • TheFez

    which of two un-announced devices do i prefer…lol

  • Thomas Owen

    Come on Google I’ve been waiting for a New Nexus 7 since March, if it doesn’t release by July I’m getting an Ipad Mini. I need a tablet for the summer guys!!!

    • Shanjida Ima

      GAH! I know right!

      • Ryan

        Me too!

    • j7.deville

      I am an android user who happens to use apple computers and I bought my wife an ipad mini since we could not afford to buy her a macbook right now, I have to say for all the flak ios gets from android users it is still a very solid OS and is more than capable of doing what you need it to, just has some limitations in terms of sharing and functions but nothing that will stop you from surfing the web, watching movies, youtube videos, listening to music, playing a game or writing a document with pages or working with spreadsheets plus it is very smooth elegant and has a great build, in fact I am considering getting one as well if the nexus 7 2 doesn’t come out soon.

      • Thomas Owen

        I here ya man I think I might go that way as nothing seems to be happening, I’ll just wait till the end of June just in case but then I’ve had it and Im getting the IPad Mini

  • Mocky Socks

    why not both? :D

  • GTRsdk

    If the next generation Nexus 7 doesn’t come out by the end of this month, I’m going to buy the first generation… I’ve been waiting too long already, and I’m going to need a tablet for school.

  • GTRsdk

    Though I probably could suffice with the Nexus 7 first gen. It’s the gaming purpose that I want the second gen for :-)

  • Thomas Owen

    Me want Nexus 7 2nd gen now!

  • Dizz

    I’ve been waiting for a new Nexus 7 since March as well. Looking to buy 2, maybe 3 of them. If the Nexus 7-2 doesn’t get annouced or released by the time the Asus HD7 is available for purchase, then I’m buying the HD7.

  • Danny Alvarez

    Wait more for a better or equal quality tablet and pay 50% less or buy the more expensive tablet of equal or less quality…. easy choice, it seems to me.

  • Pguy

    u would rather buy an ipad mini 2 if u are in the phils.tablets that perform best here costs almost the same.

  • :-)

    Nexus 7 second gen :-)

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