As we are approaching the 2nd half of the year, it’s time to talk iPad 5. According to DigiTimes, the 5th generation iPad will come with the same resolution as that of iPad 4 and iPad 3, but it’ll be thinner than the current iPad and it’s supposed to be 33% lighter than its predecessor.
Apple released two flagship iPad models (iPad 3 and then iPad 4) last years, making iPad 3 owners unhappy because it had poor onboard chip that struggled to cope with the Retina display in it.
iPad 5 is rumored to have a thinner glass substrate, down from 0.25 millimeters to 0.2 millimeters, along with GF2 touchscreen technology. These changes in the fifth-generation iPad would make the device not only thinner, but significantly lighter. This could shed as much as 33 percent of the weight from the current 9.7-inch iPad, the report claims. In addition, the next iPad will use just one LED light bar for back-lighting, contrary to its retina display predecessors that have featured two LED light bars.
A small scale production of iPad 5 is expected to begin soon, with full-scale volume production to kick off in July, and will be hitting shelves later in September, according to a new report.
The bigger iPad seems to be loosing its charm as the iPad mini or a 7-inch tablets are becoming more popular among end users. Next model of iPad mini is also expected to bring Retina Display. Apple is set to unveil all new iOS 7 during the keynote at WWDC 2013 next month, however, iPad mini Retina announcement is a bit trickier.