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DigiTimes: 33 Percent New Lighter iPad 5 On Track For September Release

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DigiTimes: 33 Percent New Lighter iPad 5 On Track For September Release

A storm of rumors have been claiming that Apple is working on a new lighter iPad 5 which said to be coming next month and we hope that these rumors are true. Today the folks at DigiTimes are reporting that says sources with Taiwan’s supply chain who claim that a fifth revision to Apple’s full-size 9.7-inch iPad will be 25-33 percent lighter than its previous generation.


As I said above, Apple's iPad fifth generation said to be in production and could be available next month (On September). . Initial output is pegged at up to three million units until Apple and its manufacturing partners reach yield levels necessary to ramp up production…
DigiTimes reports:
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 iPad 5 should be a third lighter than its predecessor thanks to a single backlighting bar, as opposed to two LED bars used in the iPad 4. It’s also expected to incorporate the GF2 touch panel technology that combines a layer of glass with two layers of ITO film, as opposed to G/G bonding used in the iPad 3 and 4.
The report asserts LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp are supplying screens for the iPad 5.
Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology will undertake SMT for the LED light bars, while Radiant Opto-Electronics and Coretronic are thought to make the backlight. Additionally, Apple’s partner TPK Holding is reportedly responsible for touch panel bonding.
The DigiTimes story actually matches up with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who also expects the next full-size iPad by Fall. Kuo, who is arguably the most reliable Apple analyst, told clients to expect a “significantly lighter and slimmer” than previous versions.


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