Analyst: Apple’s ‘iPad mini’ will be so thin, it will be a challenge to build

“Apple’s new, smaller iPad will reportedly be so thin and light that production of the device has posed a particular challenge to the company,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities said in a research note issued on Friday that the so-called ‘iPad mini’ will feature industry-leading ‘GF Ditto,’ otherwise known as GF2, touchscreen technology. He said that Apple will be the first company in the world to commercialize and mass produce GF Ditto technology,” Hughes reports. “The new method is apparently an improvement from the ‘G/G touch structure’ Apple currently utilizes in its third-generation iPad with Retina display. The switch will allow the new iPad to be not only thinner but significantly lighter.”

Hughes reports, “Production of a device so thin and light has become a particular challenge for Apple in the manufacturing process, he said.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

39 Comments

    1. Aluminum, same as the iPad
      Difference is, it is polished & coated rather than glass beaded and anodized like the iPad (& iMac).
      I think that was because iPods historically had polished backs. I doubt they would polish any iPad model.

      1. Oh please I hope that was sarcastic. Let me get this straight; You want them to take the one quality built tablet and turn it into a plastic, flexy, peice of crap, like the rest of the iPad knock off’s out there?
        Again, I sincerely hope that was humor.

  1. Here’s better info on the technology – ‘ditto’ should be DITO (dual indium-tin oxide film). I’m not sure how well the analyst knows what he’s talking about.

      1. You don’t actually think he has a job do you? More likely he sits in his parents basement playing FPS/MMO games on the “radical gamerz PeeCee” he built him self (like putting a motherboard a power supply and a couple drives in a case and plugging them in is actually “building” a computer, but I digress…)

        No Pat is likely a slacker gamer, who hates Apple (why? even he, if he is being honest, is not quite sure) and the people who buy apple (because they have an “attitude”… like apple is the best (wake up and smell the coffee pat, Apple IS the best… how many companies carve their cases from a single billet of aluminum))

    1. Of course we will copy it. What do you think Asia is known for?
      Taiwan was known for its knock offs, then the Korean one-upped them and now this Korean bootlegger has control of the South Korean government and have access to thousands of factories! With our bootleg money we purchased and secured some patents, licensed some cheap technology from Sony and Motorola and the rest is history. Expect to see our carbon copies in a week. We dont have time for real R&D anyways. Btw Anyone know how to fix a Samsung Photocopier?

  2. As long as the quest for thinness doesn’t shorten battery life considerably, I’m all for it. I do wonder if most consumers care about minor differences of weight and buik of these devices. Does a few grams actually make or break a product? How thin can a product be and still feel sturdy?

    I wouldn’t doubt that Samsung can duplicate any hardware that Apple can have built but I wonder at what cost. Maybe Samsung isn’t that much of a stickler over profit margins that Apple is. In the long run I believe Apple can outlast them all.

    1. Yeah, and Apple would never think of that or notice, because they are so flippant about product design and never agonize over every last little detail.
      Get real, if apple makes it wicked thin and light you can assume it will feel like a carbon fiber plate (don’t know if you have ever handled a “magazine sized” piece of CF composite but it is freakishly stiff.) rather than a piece of flexy plastic (like the samesung tablets do)

      1. Well…

        The early MacBook Pros were made out of titanium before aluminum… These turned out to be a big mistake.

        Titanium apparently doesn’t have the tensile strength to deal with everyday use… It would bend and twist, and components inside broke faster. I have one laying around somewhere. They shipped millions of them

        Apple is not infallible

        1. Nonsense… Titanium (3.25, the most common US alloy) has a yield (ie “tensile strength” in your words) of >125,000 PSI making it considerably stronger than aluminum. (incidentally it is also stronger (higher tensile all but the most exotic (and somewhat brittle) chrome molybdenum vanadium steel alloys.)

          In addition to that the (now 10+ years old) Ti Powerbook design was amazing (in its time) and considerably better than the laptops of the day. That a 10 year old apple design is not as good as what they produce today is somehow proof of anything is bewildering logic.

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