5th Gen iPad With Thinner Design To Enter Production In July-August [Rumor]

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Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will enter production between July and August, according to supply chain sources in Taiwan. The device is expected to sport a thinner, lighter design much like that of the iPad mini, with smaller bezels around its display.

LG Display and Sharp will supply LCD panels for the device, while TPK and ITO will assemble them. But according to the sources for DigiTimes, yield rates for these components — and other key parts — will be “a major concern for smooth production,” suggesting that there could be delays when the device launches later this year.

Previous rumors have claimed that the fifth-generation iPad would be announced this month, and speculation has been fueled by iPad price cuts from several U.S. retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and MacMall. But it’s looking increasingly unlikely as the days go on that Apple has anything immediate planned.

Apple’s fourth-generation iPad is just five months old, launching last November alongside the iPad mini. It always seemed unlikely a predecessor would arrive as early as this month, then, but Apple’s previous iPad launches used to happen around March and April.

  • victorfrossling

    No mention of the fact that this rumor comes from Digitimes who we all know is the most unreliable source out there. I’m not saying that they’re wrong, just that news from them should be taken with a huge grain of salt and that future articles here should mention this fact.

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