Rumor: the iPad 4 coming in mid-2013 with simpler manufacturing design

By , Oct 17, 2012

Next Tuesday will hopefully bring us a small form-factor iPad (affectionately called by the press the iPad mini), perhaps some refreshed Macs and possibly a tweaked iPad 3 with support for UK’s upcoming 4G LTE network in the 1,800MHz band from carrier Everything Everywhere (currently, the iPad 3 uses the 700 and 2100MHz band). It’s all part of Apple’s aggressive roll out planned for 2012, but that doesn’t mean the rumor-mill is standing still.

Quite the contrary, a new rumor out of Asia is claiming the company’s already warned its supply chain to prepare for a fourth-generation iPad in mid-2013. Perhaps learning from the ongoing manufacturing woes plaguing the iPhone 5 and reportedly affecting the iPad mini launch volume, Apple is thought to be switching to “a simpler manufacturing design”

This comes from the pretty unreliable (as of late) DigiTimes, an Asian trade publication which, however, is well connected and often accurate when it comes to supply chain news.

The sources said the next generation iPad will remain its same 9.7-inch size but will simplify its components to give the device a simpler manufacturing design, such as the amount of LED lights that are used.

The sources said the New iPad uses one-chip packages for its LED baklight units (BLUs), but the next-generation model will adopt two-chip packages, the sources added.

The number of LED chips used in the iPad 4 backlighting system is thought to be reduced from 84 used in the iPad 3.

As you know, the iPad 3 has twice as LEDs as its predecessor, needed to push the light between the Retina display’s denser pixels. These LEDs consumer more power so engineers gave the iPad 3 a massive battery with 70 percent greater capacity. Faster power drain from the backlighting system coupled with four times the pixels and the more powerful A5X chip with quad-core graphics all vastly contributed to Heatgate.

Tweaking the LED backlighting system would help the iPad 3 consume less energy while also reducing the perceived overheating. We first heard Apple was interested in tweaking the iPad’s design to fix the overheating issue back in July.


The iPad 3′s batter is rated 42 watt-hours versus 25-watt-hours for the iPad 2.

The article stops short of providing other details about the device, even if it’s fairly safe to assume that the iPad 4 would no doubt feature a Lightning connector and an improved version of the A6 processor that first appeared inside the iPhone 5.

The report goes on to note that Apple is also “making adjustments” to iPads, noting the revised version may not be introduced until the first quarter of 2013.

The revised version could be simply the aforementioned revised iPad 3 with an updated backlighting and support for more 4G LTE bands, specifically the 1,800MHz band UK carrier Everything Everywhere is using for its upcoming 4G LTE network, which is scheduled to launch on November 30.

If true, Apple could also use this opportunity to give the revised iPad 3 a Lightning connector.

So guys, what do you make of all this?

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  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    Ok so the “source” has stated the obvious

  • http://twitter.com/iamparaic Paraic

    I’ve thought the same about the mini launch, kind of expecting to see a revived iPad 3 with lightning. Seems kinda pointless to make that the only upgrade though, unless it improves battery life & reduces power consumption.

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  • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

    Can’t wait!!

  • http://twitter.com/rashadnoor2005 R N

    I am not so much for the 4G part as much as for design, if it looks anywhere similar to my iPad 3, I wont be buying it I think, but I wont try think that way and wait and see *Cross-Fingers*

  • http://twitter.com/geekinit geekinit

    I thought the iPad 3 had 4 times as many LEDs as the iPad 2.

    • http://twitter.com/Saul_kdg Saul Rodriguez

      It does

  • twited21

    I would give my first born to get a uk 4g iPad
    Come on apple please make this one awesome
    Bring the beef

    • anonymous

      And the best parent award goes to you sir, marvelous!

    • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

      Better give your wife. She may go for a better price. Dumbass. Why do guys like you exist. I know what you said isn’t true but still you have to be the dumbest fuck to even say something like that

      • twited21

        Omfg what is wrong with you what part of your retarded brain thinks that was a serious comment were you abandoned for a zx81 when you were younger if so I’m sorry for that but get a grip you dumb fuck

      • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

        I know it wasn’t a serious comment dumb idiot. But you have to be the dumbest man on earth to even joke like that you moron. And what part of you fuckin brain ignore the fact in my comment that I knew you were not serious but it was the lamest thing to say even if it isn’t true you dumbass

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    You mean “the NEWER iPad”…. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Jirakaz Zak Wallace

    Aren’t the older iPhones 3:2?

  • JamesR624

    Oh god no, Not LESS LEDs! The iPad 3 already has MAJOR problems with lighting the whole screen vs the iPad 2. The iPad 2 had a uniform brightness comparable to my iMac. The iPad 3 has dark spots ALL over. If they use even less, this is just proving that Tim is willing to make his products work like crap just to save a few pennies.

    • http://twitter.com/Saul_kdg Saul Rodriguez

      What are you even talking about te ipad 3 doesn’t have ANY dark spots in the screen that just made no sense (btw im typing this from an ipad3 that’s why i know)

  • Irfan Tarique

    iPad 3 defiantly needs a performance boost. A geek bench score of around 700 is not acceptable for a tablet. It should be at least 2000 for what we are paying for the iPad

  • Newbie6890421

    I believe the 4th generation ipad is coming because on apple’s webste under cables you can narrow your search by mini up to 4th gen.