Hot Rumor: New iPads Coming in March

The silly season of iPad rumors is once again upon us (then again, when isn’t the silly season of rumors upon us?). According to the latest chatter out of the Asian supply chain, Apple is planning a major iPad line refresh within the next 8 to 12 weeks.

Despite the late 2012 iPad refresh and iPad mini introduction, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets is asserting his view that the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will debut in March.

White, Apple Insider was first to report, was told that the new iPad 5 “will be lighter and thinner than the fourth-generation model Apple released late last year.”

The updated model features a new A6X processor and Apple’s smaller Lightning chip but maintained the same design as the third-generation iPad released last March.

The 2nd generation iPad mini, on the other hand, likely won’t deliver Retina display just yet, but a new model would bring desirable upgraded components like a faster chip.

The burning question, however, is whether or not consumers would rush to refresh their current devices so soon after the last models were introduced. If Apple drops the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 this spring, should Apple count you among the first to embrace the new line?