iPad 5 may be up to 25% lighter than current model, says analyst

iPad 5 may be up to 25% lighter than current model, says analyst
While there are tons of things to like about the current iPad model, its weight is surely not on top of that list. The fourth-gen iPad weighs 652 grams (10 grams more if you have the 4G version), meaning that it's actually heavier than the 2-year-old iPad 2

Yet Ming-Chi Kuo – a KGI Securities analyst who has been keeping a close eye on Apple products for a while, predicts that the "iPad 5" will bring a drastic improvement in that aspect. In fact, its weight might go as low as 500 or so grams, which would make the next iPad about 25% lighter than the current model. 

Using a smaller battery might be one of the ways Apple would bring the iPad's weight down. The iPad 4 packs a 3-cell battery with a capacity of over 11 000mAh, while its successor is expected to be equipped with a 2-cell battery of 8500 to 9000mAh. Yet that will not necessarily reduce the device's battery life. The brains of the iPad 5 (or whatever it's called) may be a next-gen A7X system-on-a-chip, which is likely to be more energy efficient, all the while being powerful enough to deliver excellent user experience. Using IGZO display panels with smaller backlight LEDs would also help with keeping the tablet's weight low.

Furthermore, the analyst expects Apple to reduce the 9.5-millimeter thickness of the iPad by up to 2 millimeters. That may be achieved by using a thinner battery cell, but also by implementing slimmer display panels. The iPad 5 will most likely adopt the iPad mini's design and may have a slimmer bezel on both sides of its screen. 

When will Apple announce the next iPad iteration officially isn't yet clear, but that isn't stopping those Chinese accessory makers from manufacturing iPad 5 protective cases for it.

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34 Comments

1. baller23

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

25% lighter, 2X faster., same old tv box aspect ratio. All Same SHI*T.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you needed to say that for what exactly?

4. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

so go and buy a nexus 10 ;)

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly.

11. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

ROFL!

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2273; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You're kidding right...No other tablet is not even close to the same build quality and performance of an iPad. Let alone the iPad 5 will be a hit.

17. TheMaxColonel

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Nexus 10 beats it Xperia Z beats it, Samsung galaxy tab 3 beats it....

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Beats it in what, that actually matters. Like accessories, apps, resale value, partnerships, and satisfaction rate. What those other have quad core, and more ram? How exactly do they beat it.

34. TheMaxColonel

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The tablets are faster...

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

lighter for i-smokers :P

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple, change the damn design! I'm tired of all this circle physical home buttons! And I'm tired of the damn boring iOS! Change, change, Apple!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As u said you're not interested in apples products. You've also said you've never owned any. So how could you be tired of something you've really never worked with.

8. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Okay, then from someone that currently owns apple products.... I'M tired of the same designs. For the most part anyone who really wants an ipad already has one. They are not giving us any reason to want to upgrade. Not once have I ever thought "this thing is too heavy!" Or "gee, I wish it was faster". Defend apple all you want, but the fact of the matter is that there products ARE becoming stale and its reflected in declining sales and plunging stock prices. Major changes need to be made if they want to stay competitive.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31550; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude I actually agree with you, I'm asking Xperia as someone who doesn't like apple, and doesn't own, use, or want their stuff by his own admission...how can he be tired of something he has no interest in? People get tired of things they own, or use regularly, and want to change. How do you change, or grow tired of something you don't have? That's kinda like me saying I'm tired of Bentleys looking, and driving the same, when I've never owned one.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

My cousin is using it! DUH! He's using iPad 3! I've used it before! And I'm tired of it's design!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Lighter dont mean crap. It will still look the same. No matter how light nor small

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2273; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Have you heard of iOS 7 coming out shortly and Jailbreaking methods for customization. You are too worried about the look of the OS rather than simplicity and functionality. I have played on many Android tablets and they are still uninspiring. From the stretched apps and uneventful updates. They don't capture the unique feel and flow of a tablet that I would use long term. Again the build quality of Android tablets are not as impressive as any iPad that available today.

12. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

LMAO sucha waste of R&D!!!

16. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hey.. guess what.. WHO GIVES A CRAP!?! Another year.. another rehash. With how much Apple charges for these things.. they'd have to pull off something amazing before I'd ever consider owning one, let along upgrading every 8-12 mos. Oh wait.. I'll NEVER own one! (though I do suffer with my 2 kids having them.. grrr)

24. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you suffer with your 2 kids having them..............do they hit you with them? how do them having ipads hurt you? and if it somehow does why let them have one

33. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The real reason for the lighter weight is that the back will be made of "shiny, modern, aluminum". A design breakthrough.

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