“Trial production of Apple’s 5th-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin soon and volume production will begin in July, with monthly shipments ramping up to 2-3 million units in September,” Max Wang and Adam Hwang report for DigiTimes citing “sources with Taiwan’s supply chain.”
“The display of the new iPad, which will hit market shelves as early as September, will still be a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device, the sources said, adding the new table will has a narrow bezel,” Wang and Hwang report. “The 5th-generation iPad is estimated to be 25-33% lighter than the 4th-generation one, the sources indicated.”
Wang and Hwang report, “The touch panel solution for 5th-generation iPad is GF2 (1 layer of glass and two layers of ITO film) instead of G/G bonding used in 4th-generation iPad, the sources added. LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp are expected to be the suppliers of display panels for the 5th-generation iPad.”
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