Analyst: Apple to launch dramatically lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad ‘as quickly as possible’

“Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities thinks Apple may feel pressure from Microsoft’s new Surface tablet, especially considering that the fourth-generation iPad is the same weight and thickness as the third-generation model,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider. “‘Though the iPad mini is expected to be successful, we think launching the lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad as quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically,’ Kuo explained.

“If Microsoft Surface does catch on with consumers and businesses, it would pose a risk to Apple’s current dominance of the ‘post-PC’ world,” Hughes reports. “For that reason, he thinks Apple will move quickly to redesign the iPad once again in the near future.”

Hughes reports, “Apple is expected to employ “GF DITO” touchscreen technology, otherwise known as GF2, in its redesigned iPad, according to Kuo. In combination with more power-efficient chips, Apple is expected to ‘dramatically lower the weight and thickness of the 9.7-inch iPad,’ Kuo wrote.”

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    1. But if I hear about the sound of that freaking hinge on the kickstand again I am going to scream – even Bill Gates in his interview the other day said “…wait till people hear the sound of that hinge and they will be impressed…”

    2. And this will have nothing to do with touch screen technology. But a lot to do with possible IGZO display, which would make possible make battery and weight back to levels of iPad 2 or even less.

  1. Microsoft Surface is a f***ed up piece of shit. How that is going to catch on in the consumer market is beyond me.

    Maybe if Redmond were the world it would catch on. Outside Redmond, only MS sponsored corporate IT Nazis would buy that piece of shit. And they’re falling by the wayside and dying like flies by the day.

    1. Amen. It’s go a damn kickstand. People want iPads in their hands and if they want a keyboard they don’t want one that requires a surface to type on. These MS guys think they’re geniuses talking themselves into thinking they thought of something Apple hadn’t thought about. Newsflash, APPLE HAD ALREADY THOUGHT OF IT AND THREW THE IDEA IN THE RETARDED PILE!

  2. Although what all of you in your have said is true none of it matters…in mobile, Apple is like Microsoft in PCs….. No one ( except tech geeks and those in the industry) says I am looking for a tablet when they shop for one…. They say “I’m interested in an iPad”…. That is why the Mini will be successful .

  3. I am surprised MDN has not yet quoted David Pogue from the NY Times today. He begins his overview of MS Windows 8 (and the Surface) as follows:

    How would you like to move into a stunning mansion on a bluff overlooking the sea — in Somalia? Or would you like the chance to own a new Ferrari — that has to be refueled every three miles? Would you take a job that pays $1 million a year — cutting football fields with toenail clippers?

    And later on, he says:

    Otherwise, though, Windows RT can’t run any of the four million regular Windows programs. Or the 275,000 iPad apps. Or the 17 Android tablet apps. (That’s a joke! There are actually 19 Android tablet apps.)

    The article is a level-headed obituary for a stillborn…

  4. Kuo seems only to have run into Apple yesterday. Apple is going to improve the iPad to chase the Surface?!?! Not because that is what Apple does?!?!

    Jiminy Fucking Crickets, Batman, that is some shitty analysis.

  5. This is the stupidest quote, “If Microsoft Surface does catch on with consumers and businesses, it would pose a risk to Apple’s current dominance of the ‘post-PC’ world,”

    The Surface is not Post-PC, it is a tablet in PC drag.

  6. I honestly never though that there would be a part of the human race that have regressed back to cave men and now I realise that this group of sub intellegent sad beings do actually exist.

    They are called the ‘analysts’.

    This group of monkey type sub beings have the personality of a tadpole, eat fungus and believe that the world is flat. Their god is a sub human entity called ‘Eric the mole’ and they live in the dark.

    Their brain is so small that there isn’t a device invented yet to measure the size of it and they communicate with grunts and squeaks.

  7. Sounds like Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is trying to screw over Apple’s iPad sales, attempting to cause people to hold out for the new and improved lighter version. I’d like to kick this stupid punk right in his tiny little Oriental chestnuts.

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