Apple is preparing to launch a second-generation iPad mini in the third quarter of the year, and is also at work on the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, claims CNYes
. The site doesn't mention many other details about the tablets, except that the new Mini is expected to have a Retina display, and that the fifth-gen iPad should have a redesigned aluminum alloy chassis similar to the Mini's, with a thinner bezel and lighter weight.
Some potentially more significant claims
are that Apple is forecasting 55 million Mini shipments in CY2013, but drastically reducing its target for full-sized iPads from 60 million to 33 million. The company was allegedly aiming at 100 million iPads overall at one point, but has now scaled back to 88 million. CNYes
' report may be partly backed by figures from the NPD Group, which indicated that full-sized iPad sales "collapsed" in January. CNYes
suggests that Mini shipments have been relatively consistent since the tablet debuted in November.
The site's claims about the redesign of the 9.7-inch iPad are consistent with other rumors, but in terms of shipping dates, iMore
recently pointed to the possibility of an April launch window for new iPads
. That would make for an extremely rapid turnaround, and some other reports have pointed to new iPads coming later in the year.