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wesk702
Nov 19, 2012, 10:07 PM
I mean when they introduced the lightning cable for the iPhone, they said it was completely necessary to make devices smaller. They kept toting the fact that the iPhone is so much thinner now since the introduction of the lightning cable.

Now I'm not completely savy with all the internal components, but can someone with a bit more knowledge on the matter explain why the iPad didn't trim down some of the baby fat?

Would love to hear your thoughts besides the obvious argument that it is to milk more money and make it thinner in the iPad 5. If that is the case, that really sucks. I've always loved this company, but it just seems like need to screw us over keeps getting worse.



HazyCloud
Nov 19, 2012, 10:14 PM
Retina and battery. That's also why the Mini is so thin.

zhenya
Nov 20, 2012, 05:27 AM
The ipad 4 was not a full re-design so the extra space was not really needed in this case, but given that they were updating it anyways, it only makes sense that it uses the newest cable.

darngooddesign
Nov 29, 2012, 04:00 PM
Battery battery battery

Menel
Nov 30, 2012, 10:29 AM
I mean when they introduced the lightning cable for the iPhone, they said it was completely necessary to make devices smaller. They kept toting the fact that the iPhone is so much thinner now since the introduction of the lightning cable.

Now I'm not completely savy with all the internal components, but can someone with a bit more knowledge on the matter explain why the iPad didn't trim down some of the baby fat?

Would love to hear your thoughts besides the obvious argument that it is to milk more money and make it thinner in the iPad 5. If that is the case, that really sucks. I've always loved this company, but it just seems like need to screw us over keeps getting worse.The iPhone is smaller than the iPad.

Space for circuits, battery, etc is at more of a premium.

docprego
Dec 6, 2012, 12:00 AM
I mean when they introduced the lightning cable for the iPhone, they said it was completely necessary to make devices smaller. They kept toting the fact that the iPhone is so much thinner now since the introduction of the lightning cable.

Now I'm not completely savy with all the internal components, but can someone with a bit more knowledge on the matter explain why the iPad didn't trim down some of the baby fat?

Would love to hear your thoughts besides the obvious argument that it is to milk more money and make it thinner in the iPad 5. If that is the case, that really sucks. I've always loved this company, but it just seems like need to screw us over keeps getting worse.

It's a band aid to move the entire product line to the lightning interface. The iPad 5 will be a complete thinner redesign along the lines of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Amplelink
Dec 10, 2012, 12:14 AM
It's a band aid to move the entire product line to the lightning interface. The iPad 5 will be a complete thinner redesign along the lines of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Bingo. Agreed. The iPad 4 was clearly a transition product. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the iPad 5 reduce thickness to equal or even thinner than the iPad 2.

BarryL
Dec 10, 2012, 12:35 PM
Maybe they wanted all their products on lightning?

abstern
Dec 10, 2012, 12:39 PM
iFixit did a teardown of it, and while the lightning connector leaves some space, there wasn't much free space internally. You still need a big battery to run that screen for 10 hours.

bigboar
Dec 10, 2012, 06:22 PM
yep! battery!!!

urkel
Dec 11, 2012, 07:52 AM
It's another interim short term product that is a placeholder until they make a true successor to the iPad 2 in both specs and design.