Next iPad Will Feature New Touch Technology To Help Make It Thinner & Lighter [Rumor]

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Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will feature a new touchscreen technology that will help it become thinner and lighter, according to industry sources. The device is expected to adopt a new form factor much like the iPad mini’s, with thinner bezels and a smaller frame — and Apple will have to make a number of changes to its internals to enable that.

One of those changes will be a modified backlight, according to recent rumors, while another will be the introduction of “GF2’ touchscreen technology. DigiTimes reports:

Apple’s next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is expected to have 2,048 by 1,536 resolution and 264ppi, the same as that of the current model, according to industry sources. But the new device will have a slimmer bezel design and use GF2 touch screen technology, which will make it thinner and lighter.

The technology will reportedly be supplied by TPK and GIS, while the Retina LCD panels themselves will be supplied by LG Display, Samsung, and Sharp.

DigiTimes also has some more rumors on the second-generation iPad mini:

Additionally, Apple is reportedly still choosing whether to use oxide TFT or LTPS backplane technology in its next-generation iPad mini. The sources said that Sharp is looking to provide Apple with Oxide TFT technology while LG and Samsung are leaning towards LTPS, as the Korea-based companies believe using oxide TFT does not result in significantly less power consumption.

DigiTimes maintains that Apple still hasn’t decided whether it will introduce a Retina display to the iPad mini this year for fear it may take yet more sales away from the 9.7-inch iPad. But you could argue that if it doesn’t, it’ll damage sales of the iPad mini instead.

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  • rwmcgrann

    It will be really interesting to see how much a retina iPad mini will eat into iPad sales. The reduced weight and thickness of the next gen iPad will still be very tempting against a retina iPad mini.

    The real excitement is where do they go next? iPads and iPhones are reaching the peak of design in the current form factor in terms of weight and thinness. Where will they take it…looking forward to seeing!

  • Steven Quan

    It will be really interesting to see how much a retina iPad mini will eat into iPad sales. The reduced weight and thickness of the next gen iPad will still be very tempting against a retina iPad mini.

    The real excitement is where do they go next? iPads and iPhones are reaching the peak of design in the current form factor in terms of weight and thinness. Where will they take it…looking forward to seeing!

    I looked at iPad 4th gen vs the Mini and even though, I really liked the Mini’s size, but that retina screen on the 10″ looked so good. Tough to beat the Mini’s form factor. I still think Apple should have released a 7″ tablet instead of 8″. 7″ is small enough to tote along with you, even on a vacation or to the beach. It’s the ideal portable e-reader size. 10″ is way too big, almost like a laptop, but great for use at home.

    When I had my 7″ Galaxy Tab I could put it in my pocket. I still remember that, so if the thin and light Mini had a 7″ screen, I’m absolutely certain it would fit in my pockets. It’s actually only a little bigger than a Galaxy Note which is definitely pocketable.

    Totally disagree with your second assertion. Modern tablets have been around since 2010 when iPad first came out. There is no way in heck we’re reaching the peak after only 3 years of production. We’re just starting to scrape the surface, no doubt in my mind. In 3 more years we’ll have even thinner and lighter tablets.

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