iPad 5 coming soon: thinner, lighter… better?

iPad 5 coming soon: thinner, lighter… better?It’s been a good seven months since the iPad 4 came along with a faster A6X processor, enhanced front Facetime camera, and, er, Lightning port to bring it in line with the iPhone 5.

As such, we’re eagerly looking forward to the fifth generation iPad, and sources of DigiTimes reckon we won't have long to wait.

As we’ve heard before, Apple will continue on its insane-o quest to make everything thinner and lighter, despite this many people demanding such action: zero.

Ultimately, we’re told to expect the iPad 5 to follow in the footsteps of the iPad mini, which weighs something stupid like 2g.

Again like the iPad mini, you shouldn’t expect much in the way of bezel on the fifth generation iPad.

The iPad 5's display will remain – according to “sources with Taiwan's supply chain” – a 2048 x 1536 effort, but built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm. That’s a whole 0.05mm thinner than that of the iPad 4. Sweet mother of all things beautiful.

The other point of vague interest is the iPad 5 adopting just one LED light bar for backlighting, compared to two on the iPad 4.

The net result is an iPad 5 that’s a whopping 25-33% lighter than the iPad 4, which is – to be fair – a bit of a fatty, tipping the scales at more than twice the weight of the iPad mini.

When? The sources say trial production of the iPad 5 will start "soon", with volume production following in July.

via: DigiTimes

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 14:06

Apple will continue on its insane-o quest to make everything thinner and lighter, despite this many people demanding such action: zero.

Followed by...

a whopping 25-33% lighter than the iPad 4, which is – to be fair – a bit of a fatty, tipping the scales at more than twice the weight of the iPad mini.

Eh, have you been drinking again, Lewis ;)?

lcurdie / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 14:13

Well, in the case of the iPad 5 it's fair enough, but I'm sure if Apple had its way, all devices would be paper thin and weigh 0g :p The first time I held my iPhone 5, it felt like one of those hollowed out display models.

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 15:42

Well, in the case of the iPad 5 it's fair enough, but I'm sure if Apple had its way, all devices would be paper thin and weigh 0g :p The first time I held my iPhone 5, it felt like one of those hollowed out display models.

I'm not so sure... Compared to some Windows Ultrabooks, Apple's MacBooks are quite chunky. Solid, but chunky.
I said it before: I didn't like the iPad Mini - it felt insubstantial and cheap. And it took me a few days to get used to the iPhone 5 - you know, patting yourself to check if it's still somewhere in your pocket...

lcurdie / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 17:40

Well, in the case of the iPad 5 it's fair enough, but I'm sure if Apple had its way, all devices would be paper thin and weigh 0g :p The first time I held my iPhone 5, it felt like one of those hollowed out display models.

I'm not so sure... Compared to some Windows Ultrabooks, Apple's MacBooks are quite chunky. Solid, but chunky.


I actually wrote 'all iDevices' at first, then remembered the MacBook Air and disappearance of the beastly 17in MacBook Pro.

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