Although reports regarding Appleâs next-generation tablet canât seem to settle on a release date, they do seem to agree about most everything else. The iPad 5 is said to sport an all-new, mini-like design with smaller bezels and a much thinner profile.
Of course, this raises the question: how does Apple plan to make the tablet thinner while keeping its Retina display and 10-hour battery life? Well for starters, itâs reportedly going to use the same thin-film touchscreen tech found in the iPad miniâ¦
That technology is called âGF Dittoâ technology, also known as GF2. And it allowed Apple to make the mini much thinner and significantly lighter than the G/G touchscreen tech it used in the iPad 3.
âAppleâs next generation 9.7-inch iPad will reportedly use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touch screen structure as the companyâs iPad mini.
Appleâs current 9.7-inch iPad models use a G/G touch screen structure. The sources said Appleâs move to use DITO technology shows the company is looking to bump up its competition in the tablet segment and that it has more adequate supply to the technology compared to one-glass-solution (OGS) technology.â
The report goes on to say that Appleâs supply chain for the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be similar to the iPad miniâs, with Japan-based Nitto expected to supply the thin-film materials, and LG Display and Sharp providing the display panels.
Itâs worth noting that the GF2 film was largely blamed for the iPad miniâs higher price tag and early supply constraints, as it caused mass production issues. It appears, though, that Apple has ironed out the kinks, as mini shipping estimates just dropped to 3-5 days .
Now, back to the iPad 5. A recent âleakâ of the tabletâs rear shell indicates that it will look very similar to the mini, with smaller bezels and chamfered edges. And word is, Apple is working so hard on the redesign, that we may only see modest, if any, internal changes.
[image credit:Â Martin uit Utrecht]