Blurb: With just a week before Samsung’s Galaxy S4 gets unveiled, rumors about the early launch of Apple products are already spreading.

Here we are, patiently waiting for March 14, when Samsung will formally unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. But while we’re doing that, people at Apple are cooking up a storm. Apple is not too keen on being out of the spotlight for too long, that’s why rumors about the possible early unveiling of their next gadgets line-up are already out, days ahead of Samsung’s biggest event of the year. So what’s in these rumors you ask? Well, just the possibility of seeing new iPads in April and the next iPhone by August. If that made the Apple fanatic deep inside you squeal in delight, that’s probably the right reaction for such news.

Why so early?

Again, these are mere rumors, speculations from industry insiders and nutjobs alike, so there’s nothing definite from these statements. But it still gets us talking. Apple now has two tablet lines to maintain, the full-sized iPad and the mini. These rumors suggest that April will be the month when Apple unveils the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2. And as much as you’d like to speculate on some of its specs, it’s really hard to zero-in on what Apple is up to next. The Cupertino-based tech company has its own processor, and we don’t know yet if these tablets will already get the A6’s successor. But if the iPads will really be unveiled a few months ahead of the iPhone, it is highly likely that both tablets would still sport the A6 processor. Apple’s smartphone is still their flagship mobile device, so it will probably get first crack at a new Apple hardware.

But a release in April is hardly early for Apple, considering that they’ve also launched the iPad 3 as early as February last year. What makes it unconventional is the gap between its previous release and this coming one. The iPad 4, the one sporting the new Retina display, was unveiled last October, and went on sale starting November last year. A five-month refresh for the iPad would be unusual, but it would be welcomed by consumers nonetheless.

All signs point to minor tweaks on the software, as well as minor design changes to match what Apple did with the iPhone 5. We could expect a glass on aluminium body, with a look that doesn’t really deviate from the previous model. The iPad mini 2 on the other hand, would present more potential for a redesign. The current model is the first release, so the changes that they could make on the design would be based on the comments of those who’ve bought the device. We might see a thinner model, but this 8-inch tablet already feels perfect to the touch. It’s not as light as a smartphone or phablet, but not as bulky as its full-sized sibling. It would be a surprise if Apple does anything radical on the iPad mini 2, design-wise. As for the iPhone 5s, not much is really known about Apple’s next smartphone. We’ve seen a “major” design upgrade with the iPhone 5, so the 5s would probably retain the same look. Its 4-inch screen is considerably smaller than most high-end Android phones, but we really don’t expect to see a new design soon. Blame it on Apple’s stubbornness and its adherence to their “design sensibilities.”

Raining on Samsung’s Parade

While the attention remains with Samsung (and the Galaxy S4,) this rumor about the early release dates of Apple products could be seen as a diversion to redirect consumers. It won’t hurt them if they say that the iPhone 5s is due in a couple of months. It could even hold some of those who are looking to buy an S4 to reconsider and wait for the next Apple smartphone. Apple has clearly overtaken other brands as a reliable entertainment and business phone, so small rumors like this one could really go a long way. This may or may not have come directly from Apple, but they’re the only ones to benefit from this kind of news once it gains coverage.

Monique Jones is an Engineer who deals with phone systems. Monique graduated as a Cum Laude with a Degree in Civil and Communications Engineering. Besides being an Engineer, she also works as a part time Writer. She helps her colleagues and other people about their communication issues, giving effective solutions to address their needs. On her free time, she works on her fashion business, read books, and chat with friends. She also loves traveling and photography.

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