Next iPad will be thinner, adopt iPad mini like screen tech

Next iPad will be thinner, adopt iPad mini like screen tech
The date for Apple’s next big event seems set now - it should be September 10th, and while chances are that Cupertino will unveil a new smartphone (or smartphones), this latest piece of intelligence coming straight from the Wall Street Journal says Apple is preparing a thin film 9.7-inch iPad.

What does this mean? First, the new iPad would be thinner. Second, it will use the same touch sensor as the iPad mini. In previous iPads the touch sensor, the part between the liquid crystal display and the cover glass, was made out of glass. The new iPad however will adopt a thin film touch panel like the one in the iPad mini, and this will allow Apple to make the tablet even thinner.

The thin film material did not end up earlier in consumer products because of technical issues, but those now seem to be ironed out. Thin film is both thinner and lighter than glass panels.

We have already seen the alleged body of the next iPad. If those leaked images turn out true, the device will also get a redesign in an iPad mini-like fashion, becoming more compact, with narrow bezels, new volume rocker and changed shape.

source: Wall Street Journal


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1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So, it will be spec'd for 1024x768 display (that is the current mini display spec)? I doubt it.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Not really, it will simply be a thinner display because of the switch from glass touch panel to thin film. Resolution will likely remain the same 2048 x 1536 pixels.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

No. "The new iPad however will adopt a thin film touch panel like the one in the iPad mini, and this will allow Apple to make the tablet even thinner."

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Thats all?? Still no USB,HDMI,SDcard, ect.....??? Who gives a sh** ,how thinner it can be .. lol

5. HansGoneInsane unregistered

You say that as putting USB or SDCard in there would be a huge innovation and as if Apple was not good enough putting in the iPad. But Apple rather has a closed system strategy and goes very well with it. BTW, you can a lot of different cables on Apple's homepage for connecting an iPad to TV, Camera, SDCard etc..

6. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

If it is not for you just leave it. There are millions out there to buy it.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31601; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then don't buy it. Even though you gave enough s**t to comment. SMDH @haters.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I do not see how he made such a comment as to warrant this kind of backlash. It is completely valid to want to have those mentioned features and he is right, who cares if it is 2 mm thinner or whatever. Its almost as if people have been programmed to think only 3 things come out of Apple that warrant any excitement....thinner, lighter, and "premium". Asking for features is usually a legitimate demand.

10. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

You cant say anything even remotely negative about Apple products without having the well-known PA police or apple defenders at your neck. It's ridiculous. On the same hand, this is true for Samsung and other Android defenders. On topic, any thinner and there wont be a tablet. But for those with the latest Ipad, do these changes make you want to go out and get this?

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011 mad bro?.............SMMFH

8. jamesedward318 unregistered

A thinner iPad wont be enough for me to come off of the New iPad. Maybe next go around. I can honestly say that with what all is being speculated this will be the first year I won't be running out to buy new Apple products.

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