What can we expect of the iPad 5?

DigiTimes claims that Apple will start a massive production of the 5th generation iPad in July-August 2013. This timeline comes from sources in the Taiwanese supply chain. Even though Apple's traditional moment for iPad launches has been in the first few months of the year, last year they launched two iPads: one in March and one in November. So, the 4th Generation iPad may have amended the schedule. Many of you are probably curious to see how an iPad 5 will look like. Well, according to the leaks, we can give you some details about its general design, which includes improved backlighting and touchscreen. The new iPad 5 is supposed to be "thinner and lighter" than the current iPad. This is due to the fact that it is believed to have the same front thin-bezel design as the iPad mini. This has been reported on the French website Noweherelse.fr which has posted a pair of photos with narrower side bezels of the fifth-generation iPad rather than the uniform size seen on the current iPad. These narrow side edges can facilitate a smaller iOS device with the same size of the screen. Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 17.35.37 Last but not least, the “thinner and lighter” features could be made possible by the improved backlighting and touchscreen, according to a display analyst in an email to CNET. Paul Semenza, the NPD DisplaySearch analyst said, “It’s likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs.” This is in contrast to the Retina displays of the 3rd and 4th generation iPads, which required a dual-LED backlight along with a bigger battery, making them thicker than the iPad 2. He also mentioned that he expects other modifications to reduce thickness: “The other significant change that we feel is likely is a shift to a film-based touch sensor.” The current iPad mini has a DITO film touch panel sensor which contributes to its 7.2mm thickness. He wasn’t sure whether Apple might consider a switch to different display technology, but some rumours say that Apple is considering IGZO panels. I don’t know what your feelings towards the iPad 5 are, but I can hardly wait to see how Apple will improve on an already class-beating design!
Published
May 07, 2014