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Apple to Begin Ramping Up Production of 25-33% Lighter iPad in July?

Digitimes reports that Apple will soon begin trial production on its fifth-generation iPad, with full production said to be planned to begin in July. Based on that schedule, Apple could hit monthly production of 2-3 million units by September as it prepares to launch the updated version of its full-size tablet.

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Mockup of iPad 5 next to iPad mini and iPhone 5

As with a number of previous rumors, the report claims that the new iPad will be narrower, thinner, and lighter than the current design, taking a number of design cues from the iPad mini. As a result, Digitimes says that the new iPad will be 25-33% lighter than the current models, in line with previous claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The display of the new iPad, which will hit market shelves as early as September, will still be a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device, the sources said, adding the new table will has a narrow bezel.

The touch panel solution for 5th-generation iPad is GF2 (1 layer of glass and two layers of ITO film) instead of G/G bonding used in 4th-generation iPad, the sources added.

The new iPad will use one LED light bar for backlighting, compared to two LED light bars used in 4th-generation iPad, the sources noted.
Kuo had previously predicted that production on the new iPad would ramp up in August or September, with shipments following soon thereafter.

Rumors of an iPad mini-like design for the next-generation iPad have been supported by leaked photos showing what was claimed to be the front bezel and cover glass for the device, as well as photos of the device's rear shell and cases said to be based on the product's design.

Previous rumors have also suggested that Apple would be able to use more efficient backlighting in the fifth-generation iPad, reducing the device's size both directly through eliminating one of the two backlight units and indirectly through allowing for a smaller battery.

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20 months ago
Hopefully they'll dump 16gb completely and go 32/64/128gb in the current 16/32/64gb price slots.

16gb really has no place in a 'retina' age.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago
As nice as this all sounds, the original iPad is mostly dead to me.

the Mini is the perfect balance of form and function; bring on the next generation mini with a retina screen and comparable battery life.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago

Hopefully they'll dump 16gb completely and go 32/64/128gb in the current 16/32/64gb price slots.

16gb really has no place in a 'retina' age.


Yes it's time to make 32g standard on iOS devices
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
I have a 3rd gen iPad and just bought my wife an iPad Mini. I will be sitting on the sidelines for this next upgrade cycle, unfortunately. But go Apple! People are going to love this new design.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

how innovative haha

I know this is sarcasm, but yes indeed it is innovative. Such a high resolution display with such performance, battery life in such a thin and light device is truly innovative. Just look at all the Samsung, Sony and Google tablets out there, they are inferior on all those aspects.

While I agree that Android devices are coming close to iOS devices quality wise, I do think that event the current iPad is still way ahead of the competitors.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago


but but but steve jobs said the ipad was the perfect size?!?!?! :confused:


He also said that it was magical how you could hold it either way and that there was no real difference in how it was held.

The moral of the story is that The Steve would say anything to rake in the bucks. Honestly - why would anybody believe a word he said after he claimed to be sterile? He wanted to save a few bucks, and so he allowed his illegitimate daughter to be raised on welfare.

That is despicable in my book.

But to be fair, he was a very effective corporate CEO. If you adulate capitalists, then he is a great one. He's right up there with John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Nobody knew how to turn a buck like Steve Jobs.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

I had the iPad 2 but sold it, as I have a MacBook Air which I use for everything. iOS touch based apps are gimmicky, and being a touch typer for many years, the no tactile feedback for the Ipad is a sore point. I also don't use many of the apps on the
As for this obsession with lighter and thinner, this is going to hit a brick wall one day as whenever this method is used, something has to be removed or rolled backwards - aka the LED backlight. Having two LED backlights is better for colour and light balance, and yes it uses more power, but you just increase the battery capacity to compensate for it. Cutting this back to one LED means saturation might suffer, and the BLU (Back Lighting Unit) wont cover as evenly as two of them, which means image integrity may suffer - all because we are chasing size over functionality. I wonder what happened to the Sharp IGZO display?

As for the bezel, the original reason why the Bezel was wider is to support your fingers / thumb better, otherwise you actually touch the screen inside the viewing area which negates the point having a bezel. Bezel's these days are mostly used to house display electronics and wireless cards.


"Obsession with thinner and lighter".

Yes, most people prefer their portable devices to be thinner and lighter. Apple should make a special version just for you, thicker and heavier.

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Too late.

6 months into 2013 no new products.

No wonder Apple have had a profit fall. :rolleyes:


Too late?... Really?
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

6 months into 2013 no new products.


You do realize, that we've only gone through 4 months and 20 days so far in 2013 - not 6 months. 6 months would be June 30.

Way to overdo it.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

There is no need to store anything on your device. Simply use iCloud.


There is always a need for local storage. 64gb isn't really enough for me anymore. With 16gb you'd get the OS, one graphics-intensive game and a handful of apps and that's it. I prefer to carry my data with me instead of relying on having a network available.
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

I swear, Apple needs Kate Moss to start selling their products. "Thin!" "Thinner!" "Lighter!" Let's just give them wings and call them "Maxi iPads". :p


Wow... that was really funny... 3 years ago, and the first 1000 times we heard it way back then.
Your sophomoric humor machine get stuck in a time warp?
Rating: 3 Votes

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