Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce a new version of the iPad with a thinner design, people familiar with the plans said, as the company works to stay atop the increasingly crowded tablet-computer market.
Apple also plans to introduce a new iPad mini, the first with a high-resolution screen, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the development is private. The new iPad models are set to be introduced in the last three months of the year, one of the people said.
The next generation iPad will reportedly feature a rear shell that looks like the current iPad mini -- making it the first redesign since the iPad 3 launch in March 2012. The iPads are rumored to be launched sometime during the end of the quarter.