New iPad to be thinner and lighter, mass production starting in July-August?

New iPad to be thinner and lighter, mass production starting in July-August?
The fifth-generation iPad will enter mass production in the summer months of July to August and it will carry a design similar to that of the iPad mini with a thinner and lighter body, featuring a narrower bezel, according to DigiTimes.

If true, those would be good news for the ergonomics of the 9.7-inch iPad. We have heard the rumors about Apple cutting shipping numbers of the traditional 9.7” iPad in favor of the more compact 8” iPad mini. If the larger iPad becomes more compact, though, Apple could have a more compelling case for users to buy it.

The screen on the fifth-generation iPad is said to be manufactured by LG Display and Sharp. We have not heard any rumors about Apple further bumping up the resolution, and we don’t see why would it - the 9.7-inch iPad still has one of the sharpest displays with its 2048 x 1536- pixel resolution.

source: DigiTimes

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35 Comments

1. fouadysf

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

This lighter and thinner thing is just getting boring now :|

18. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

No. Lighter and thinner means easier and more convenient to move around - to take on a trip or a picnic. It is always welcome, especially if it brings along a load of crazily useful features like apple's products always do.

26. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

no offense, but are sarcastic in saying that?

28. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

n00b.

31. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

it also means smaller batteries.....

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

boring, boring....still boring........and now its just plain pathetic!

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Why doesn't this surprise me. It'd be paper thin and light by iPad 7, bending time XD

3. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Now that's new.. What else?

4. shreehari

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

nothing is improved same design same shape sane colour same icons everything is same apple and samsung sucks

11. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

whoaa what samsung has to do with this?

19. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

And still NO STEREO SPEAKERS. WTF.

5. FlushGordon unregistered

The same STALE operating system with a slighty faster hardware...KA - CHIIIING! Take my money

8. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The single reason why i wont consider an iPad when i buy a tablet is because of that 4:3 screen ratio. I prefer 16:10 or 16:9. Apple's not going to change the screen ratio anyway. A lot of screen space is wasted just from watching videos.

13. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

It's still the best tablet on the market I got to say.

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Really for what.... Limited and closed People buy this to show off look cool and its a trend Transformer prime by Asus is the best.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Spec wise you're right, but what makes the iPad #1 is the very good end user experience it provides, the Eco system, and the endless amount of accessories and services. I know I'll get a ton of red thumbs for saying this, but its not always about specs. People want something practical for everyday use also to fit their needs/wants, and the iPad delivers.

34. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

So true, that's is why I have one :)

22. israinwet

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

You're a little late for April Fool's day aren't you?

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

SIGH, "lighter".., probably just a reduction by 20 grams or 50 grams? What's the big deal? I dont like phones and tablets that are too light either.

10. Filledilla

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

I dont like bricks

7. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

yawn.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hurry up and bring this thing out already, I wanna see what it packs and how it looks.

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hey Dark hows it going? How become you dont argue or discuss nor dispute anymore, whats wrong? A7 chip 1080p quadcore A15 pvr rouge gpu

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Going good. Hope all is well with u. What good does it do to argue and dispute? Just leads to insults and disrespect, and in the end people still like what they like. I prefer to chat with the more mature people on this site like u, and a few others . As for those who wanna start trouble and disrespect people...I leave them be. U don't argue or debate as much either anymore, what's up with that?

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Im cool Dark, agree™

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Are you getting the s4 bro?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao a red thumb for asking Troll if he's getting the s4...now that's funny.

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yea I say whats the big idear? Who thumbed Darkjedi, could the real slim shady please stand up™

14. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Nothing new though. Same ole ios

17. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

and wont get waterproof why not get xperia z which is exactly thinner and lighter than the ipad

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