iPad 5 to Be 'Thinner and Lighter' Using iPad Mini Screen Technology

While a prediction that the next-generation iPad will be thinner and lighter than the current one may not seem an overly ambitious one, Digitimes claims to have details, suggesting that the iPad 5 will borrow the G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touch screen technology used on the iPad mini.

ipad5
Digitimes cited an un-named industry source as reporting that the screens would use a similar mix of suppliers to the iPad mini screen.
The supply chain for Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be similar to the iPad mini's, with Japan-based Nitto expected to supply thin-film materials and Nissha Printing touch screen modules, noted the sources. Taiwan-based TPK will be responsible for the device's lamination while LG Display (LGD) and Sharp will provide panels.
The DITO thin-film technology is believed to have been behind supply constraints on the iPad mini, but these issues have now been solved, claims Digitimes.

Just last week, iLounge shared details on the fifth-generation iPad, noting that it would be smaller in every dimension than the current model and suggesting that a change to the display technology would be necessary to achieve that reduction.

Related roundup: iPad Air 2

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

Posted: 23 months ago
The one thing Apple is making thinner and lighter as of late is my retirement account balance. :eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

'Thinner and Lighter'

This is the same story every month.... "The next Apple device, no matter which one we speak of will be..... WAIT FOR IT !!!!...... 'Thinner and Lighter'

We can all rest easy now, knowing what the future holds for us


The iPad 3 & 4 went with a more bulkier, heavier design.

iPad 2: 8.8 mm thick, 601 grams weight

iPad 3/4: 9.4 mm thick, 652 grams weight

So they certainly could make the iPad 5 "thinner and lighter" - and put it back at the iPad 2's specs.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

'Thinner and Lighter'

This is the same story every month.... "The next Apple device, no matter which one we speak of will be..... WAIT FOR IT !!!!...... 'Thinner and Lighter'

We can all rest easy now, knowing what the future holds for us


Except for the fact that the third iPad was thicker and heaver than the iPad 2. :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
'Thinner and Lighter'

This is the same story every month.... "The next Apple device, no matter which one we speak of will be..... WAIT FOR IT !!!!...... 'Thinner and Lighter'

We can all rest easy now, knowing what the future holds for us
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

'Thinner and Lighter'

This is the same story every month.... "The next Apple device, no matter which one we speak of will be..... WAIT FOR IT !!!!...... 'Thinner and Lighter'

We can all rest easy now, knowing what the future holds for us


However the iPad 3 was thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, just sayin!

----------

Except for the fact that the third iPad was thicker and heaver than the iPad 2. :rolleyes:


Aw man beat me to it :p
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Part of that "technology" they may adopt from the mini sure as hell better include retina or the mob will rage. :D
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

I seriously am getting tired of this garbage from Apple. I love my iPad, don't get me wrong, but the iPad 5 needs to do something revolutionary.


Like what? What does the iPad need so desperately? It's a tablet; It has a (damn good) screen, cameras, a processor, storage, and RAM. This device has only been on the market for 3 years. Saying that it needs a revolutionary change implies that the iPad is failing -- which we all know is not the case.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

iPad is already retina.


Read it again. Adopting tech from the mini best not include dropping retina.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

I seriously am getting tired of this garbage from Apple. I love my iPad, don't get me wrong, but the iPad 5 needs to do something revolutionary.


Ladies and gents, the new breed of spoiled brats.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

What Xiroteus said is mostly how I feel. I don't want it to be thin, I want a file structure, airdrop, etc. It just annoys me that Apple markets "thin" as huge selling point. It's not anymore.

iPad mini stats prove it is a selling point. And how does making the iPad thinner and lighter prevent it from offering new/different software features?
Rating: 2 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]