It's been a scant six months since the announcement of the iPad Mini and the fairly superfluous iPad 4, but it looks like the new generations might be on the horizon. A load of retailers in the US have slashed their prices on the devices, as good a sign as any that new ones are on the way.
The retailers cut prices by roughly 30 per cent on Wednesday, and these "clearance" sales are a pretty good rule of thumb indicator that something new is on the way soon. If you're in the market for either device, now is a good time to snag a full-size iPad considering the step up to generation five is bound to be as incremental as the step to four was. If you want an iPad Mini though, it's best to wait; it'll be surprising if this next one doesn't have a retina display, and that's an upgrade worth waiting for.
Apple's been getting more unpredictable lately, and with the iPhone announcements bouncing around, anything is possible for the iPad too. But the price cut is a tried and true new-hotness predictor and, for now, our Apple sense is tingling. Get ready for something to hit soon. [Fortune Tech]