According to most recent reports, Apple is expected to launch a fully redesigned iPad 5th generation at the end of 2013. Rumors say that it will be even thinner and lighter in weight, and will have touchscreen technology as that of iPad mini, which features a display with G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type.
Chinese publication DigiTimes, which is known for publishing news about Apple’s potential product plans in advance has posted this info. The 5th generation iPad will be thinner and lighter than the 4th generation model, as it will have G/F2 touchscreen technology whereas the previous model had glass-on-glass touchscreen assembly. The new kind of display will help Apple in reducing the width of the iPad.
The alleged details about Apple planning of using DITO technology in their upcoming iPad indicates that the company strongly believes it has “more adequate supply”. Reports have also revealed other facts about Apple’s new iPad, like for thin film materials it will tap Japan’s Nitto, touchscreen modules by Nissha Printing; lamination will be taken care by Taiwan’s TPK, and display panels will be supplied by Sharp and LG display. Altogether, they are planning to supply 5 million units per month.
Reports by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities in late 2012 add weight to DigiTimes recent report, which also said that Apple would switch to G/F2 touchscreen technology in its next iPad. Kuo further said that Apple will “dramatically lower the eight and thickness” of its 9.7 inch iPad for 2013. Kuo has a pretty respectable position in predicting Apple’s upcoming plans.
The rumors related to the upcoming model of iPad have gained momentum lately with several sources reporting that it will be more like the iPad mini in terms of design and technology.
- Alleged iPad 5th generation casing with iPad mini like design leaked
- Report: iPad mini production to start in September with supply volume of 4 million units per month
- NYTimes: Apple is developing a 7.85-inch iPad to sell for significantly less than the $499 iPad
- iPad 5 case allegedly hints at its iPad mini like design
- Report: Production of 7.85-inch iPad mini to start in Q2 2012
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