Apple’s next generation iPad is expected to take design cues from the iPad mini if a series of leaked images prove to be accurate. Specifically, the iPad 5 will utilize the same touch panel technology as the mini which will allow for reductions in overall weight and size.
The latest images show a front panel with the same display area as the current fourth gen iPad with Retina display but with a smaller bezel. It’s said to use the same ITO (indium tin oxide) as the iPad mini and features two connectors instead of one. These connectors are of the FPC (flexible printed circuit) type like those found in the iPhone 5 instead of the older FFC (flat flexible cable) used in earlier iPads.
A separate report from the Wall Street Journal seems to confirm this. As the publication highlights, the component that many refer to as the “screen” actually consists of multiple layers. Specifically, the “touch panel” refers to the layer equipped with the touch sensors that lies between the liquid-crystal display and the cover glass.
As was discovered in a teardown of the iPad mini last year, that device uses a film-based touch panel which is said to be thinner and lighter than glass-based panels. It’s this same type of touch panel technology that will show up in the next full-sized iPad.
Apple is expected to host a media event on September 10 to unveil the next iPhone. It’s unclear whether the next iPad will share the stage with Cupertino’s smartphone or if the company is planning a separate unveiling for the slate at a later date.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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