iPad 3 advert (This Good, white, perspective)

DigiTimes, the-sometimes-reliable Taiwanese trade publication, on Monday ran a report which quotes sources with Taiwan’s supply chain who claim that a fifth revision to Apple’s full-size 9.7-inch iPad will be 25-33 percent lighter than its previous generation.

The fifth-generation iPad is believed to be entering trial production next month, meaning the device should be on track for a rumored September launch. Initial output is pegged at up to three million units until Apple and its manufacturing partners reach yield levels necessary to ramp up production…

DigiTimes reports:

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.

The iPad 5 should be a third lighter than its predecessor thanks to a single backlighting bar, as opposed to two LED bars used in the iPad 4. It’s also expected to incorporate the GF2 touch panel technology that combines a layer of glass with two layers of ITO film, as opposed to G/G bonding used in the iPad 3 and 4.

The report asserts LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp are supplying screens for the iPad 5.

Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology will undertake SMT for the LED light bars, while Radiant Opto-Electronics and Coretronic are thought to make the backlight. Additionally, Apple’s partner TPK Holding is reportedly responsible for touch panel bonding.

iPad 5 front panel (NowhereElse 002)

The DigiTimes story actually matches up with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who also expects the next full-size iPad by Fall. Kuo, who is arguably the most reliable Apple analyst, told clients to expect a “significantly lighter and slimmer” than previous versions.

Recent checks and leaks indicate the iPad 5 will adopt the iPad mini’s design, meaning a narrower screen border. As you know, Apple with the iPad mini introduction in October 2012 introduced the iOS multi-touch enhancements that solve the user experience problems stemming from the skinnier side bezels.

Speaking of which, is your next tablet going to be an iPad 5 or iPad mini 2?

I’m definitely saving my money for a Retina iPad mini.

  • Dave Elg

    33% lighter isn’t going to entice me to upgrade from my iPad 4. It’s not like my arms get sore holding it. How about some kind of new hardware or killer app?

    • Right, but they’re not only trying to entice iPad 4 owners. So this could definitely entice iPad 2 owners or first time owners. Also, I highly doubt this will be the only thing new.

  • Sentry

    The iPad mini i’ve been waiting for: a retina screen, super light weight, slimmer bezeled, iPad.

    If and when the iPad mini gains a retina screen, I really don’t know if I’ll choose it over the iPad 5-6. Is the appeal of the mini simply the smaller screen size alone, or is it due to how light and ‘less of a hassle’ it feels to carry? iPad 5 seems like it’ll regain a bit of the territory on that latter field.


    • Farbod

      really looking forward to auxo for ipad. may is almost over. cant wait.

    • same here the size of iPad mini is perfect for me and a retina display is a killer

  • I was planning on buying an iPad Mini, but the lack of retina screen and the relatively high price stopped me.

    The mini being a few months old, the reviewers use their mini a lot more because of the light weight (compared to the full size).

    My dilemma will probably be: buying a mini with retina display or a more powerful iPad with thinner bezel and lighter weight.

  • Bob

    The reason why I originally wanted an iPad mini was because it was a lot lighter, thinner and easier to carry. The iPad is quite bulky atm. If the iPad 5 comes out and it is indeed 30% and with a thinner bezel, I think i’d prefer it over the iPad mini because of the larger screen size. I will most likely get the iPad 5 over the iPad mini 2, or maybe even both coz I’m a boss like that 😀

    • You will definitely be a boss..

  • @dongiuj

    Look out people. Apple will try it’s selling points again. Let me guess, “twice as fast” too?…

  • Same thing but with the classic update on camera and chip please apple!

  • batongxue

    the new table will has a narrow bezel…

    Grammer mistake?

    • Loopthree

      Spelling mistake?

  • i want an iPad Mini with the specs of iPad 4….. till then im happy with my iPad 3…