Analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital claims that Apple is gearing up to launch revisions to both the iPad with 9.7-inch Retina display and the iPad mini this coming March.
An update to the Mini so soon after its release sounds a bit crazy. My sense is that, if there’s any truth to this, we’ll see a relatively minor tweak – slightly enhanced internals, but no major difference.
The larger iPad is due for a form factor update. One thing that’s striking about the iPad 3 (and its replacement) is how they are actually heavier and thicker than the iPad 2. It’s noticeable, even without using them side-by-side. A focus on weight reduction makes a lot of sense. One big appeal of the Mini is the weight advantage. It’s debatable how much of an advantage the smaller size is per se – neither one can easily fit in a pocket.