Up to 33% lighter 5th-gen iPad trial production begins in July, sources say

“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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    1. iPads are not meant to be dropped, so they will not make glass stronger.

      They will use Gorilla Glass 3, which is much stronger than GG2, but they will make the glass thinner and lighter instead of making resulting cover stronger.

      As to the article by DigiTimes, “25-33%” range indicates that their “source” has no idea. Most probably, the source does not exist and they made it up themselves.

      1. I didn’t drop it. I picked it up and turned with it and tapped the edge of the iPad on a porcelain bowl, to my surprise the glass cracked right across diagonally. Apple replaced without any problem. A tougher screen would be welcome for me.

        1. Sometimes glass might come not as strong as it supposed to be even after testing on the manufacturing plant. The glass of the currently designed/projected strength probably should not crack in the situation you describe.

          Anyway, Apple would rather choose to make the glass thinner and thus lighter, than make it stronger.

          1. I would think that a thinner display might be more resistant to cracking as it would be better able to flex. The glass is not a load bearing part of the iPad so it doesn’t have to be thick. Anyone here ever done finite analysis on glass? Care to chime in?

  1. Since it will have only a retina display — “old” technology — AAPL shares will surely tank on this news. Weight, schmeight. And let’s also forget about trivial stuff like production efficiency, process innovation, process patents, or cost reduction. The market wants mind-blowing innovation. Giant steps. Not namby-pamby baby steps. That’s not so hard, is it? Look at Google and Samsung; they make it look easy. All you have to do is copy them. So get off you asses, Apple. I vote we fire _everyone_ and start fresh. Hire a team that can actually do something. Hire: the Dell innovation team, the Google tax-avoidance team, and the SS advertising team. Honestly, who knew that Steve had to do _everything_ over there? /s

  2. A lighter and thinner iPad will be a good thing. The current model is quite heavy and the copiers will have a harder time matching the new specs.

  3. My concern here is that iPads will become so light that they will float away unless users hold them down somehow. I hope Apple is thinking ahead on this one.

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