Apple is planning to release next generation iPads, probably the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2, as early as next month. Furthermore, Cupertino could release the iPhone 5S in August according to sources familiar with Apple's plans as reported by iMore.

The publication claims the iPhone 5S will feature the same basic design as the iPhone 5 but will carry a more advanced processor and a better camera. The idea of an S-class phone is very plausible given Apple's track record (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S) but one has to wonder how much longer they will be able to maintain this strategy.

The next wave of iPads could be unveiled as soon as April. Late last month a number of iPad 5 cases hit the market in China which, if legit, show a redesign of the full-size iPad to accommodate corners that are more square than the current version. Furthermore, there appears to be an additional hole on the backside for what is presumed to be a microphone as well as two openings on the bottom of the case for stereo speakers.

Previous early case releases have been hit or miss really as some nailed a new design before it was announced while others missed the mark completely.

We'll have to wait and see what Apple has in store for the coming months but as iMore believes, hardware alone may not be enough as they believe iOS and iCloud will be the most important factors moving forward.