iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple's product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple's fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects mass production and shipments of the new iPad to ramp up in the August-September timeframe, with the device registering roughly 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current full-size iPad.
    The prediction of a 7.5-8.0 mm thickness is in line with previous claims that the next iPad will see a roughly 2 mm reduction from the current 9.5 mm thickness.

    Mockup of current iPad, iPad 5, and iPad mini
    Kuo predicts that Apple will adopt the same GF2 touch technology used in the iPad mini, enabling Apple to design a thinner display for the new full-size iPad. In addition, more efficient display and chip technologies are expected to bring down the device's overall power consumption, allowing for a smaller and thinner battery.
    As for the chip powering the iPad 5, Kuo believes that Apple will be sticking with Samsung for a new A7X chip that will take advantage of Samsung's 28-nanometer process node. There have been reports that Apple will be shifting its A-series chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), but it appears that Kuo believes that transition has a bit further time horizon, in line with rumors that a partnership between Apple and TSMC for 20-nanometer A7 chips will not begin production until early 2014.

    Just last week, Kuo issued a report claiming that Apple's iPhone 5S, lower-cost iPhone, and second-generation iPad mini will launch later than currently expected by market watchers, with a variety of technological challenges still needing to be addressed by Apple. While Kuo did not offer specific predictions of when Apple will launch those devices, he did lay out a series of three scenarios addressing the possibility of August/September, September/October, and October/November timeframes.

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  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    what I'm waiting for is a thinner iMac
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    If the full-size iPad is considerably lighter than my iPad 3, I'll be upgrading. Otherwise, I'll wait for a retina Mini.
  4. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I can't be the only one who is going to miss the side bezel. It gave the iPad a nice, symmetrical feel and made for really comfortable portrait handling.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    It's about dang time. The current iPad looks terrible. It's looked the freakin' same for years.

    Now how about changing the operating system? Apple employees must take 2 hour lunch breaks and do a lot of online shopping during work. I swear.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    Same here, although I do like the idea of a lighter iPad.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    I wonder if there will be other differentiating features...
  8. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    Augest -Sept. I really want a new iPad. The 3 is too heavy. Actually it was fine until I held my wife's mini.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Awesome! The current iPad is to heavy in my opinion. I also hope it ships with iOS 7. :D


    So what's wrong with thinner? Oh wait, you're one of those people who constantly complain about Apple's every move and how they aren't innovating blah blah blah.
  11. macrumors member

    May 21, 2011
    Palmdale, Ca

    I'm so ready for iPad 5. I like my iPad mini, but I'd love to have better resolution and a faster chip. I'll be saving my money. Hopefully supplies won't be to tight this time. Come on Apple! Show the world that you have not lost your touch and that you still will continue to make the best phones and tablet in the world! Make Samsung cry with envy! :cool:
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    I'm over seeing how the big news on technology is how much thinner/lighter it is. Give me some new damn features already.
  13. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thinner's fine... Until they start sacrificing features - Like the 5th gen iPod Touch, which ditched the ambiant light sensor just so that it could be a bit thinner (because the 4th gen just wasn't thin enough).
  14. macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    The 5th gen iPod touch lost it's ambient light sensor for being too thin, when thin comes at the expense of important features it is a problem. I don't need to shave with my iPad or dice vegetables, we're already at thin enough. The weight reduction is nice but not the end all be all.
  15. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Because an ambient light sensor is a make-or-break feature. Lol, complainers really love to expand their e-peens.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    IMO the iPad 2 has always felt the best in your hands. It has the best weight ratio of all the iPads
  18. macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    i like the current size of iPad 4; lighter is awesome and thinner is not a big trouble for me :p
  19. macrumors 65816

    Feb 15, 2011
    That's cool. Not a necessary as a light iPad mini though, but still:)
  20. macrumors 68020


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    no but its a feature that was compromised just to make something thinner.
    being 2 mm thinner adds no benefit to anyone. and theyre taking away features for it.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    I want a bigger iPad not smaller. I hate my iPhone 5 as its too thin I would rather have my 4s back but in saying that my iPhone is almost redundant as I use my iPad 4 a lot more. As people get older smaller devices are a problem with trying to hold them in their hands as well most eye sight starts to deterate from the age 40.
  22. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    ...Because it being 15% lighter is a make-or-break feature...

    I think most people would prefer having the ambiant light sensor on the iPT than it being a tiny bit thinner. It actually gets to a point where the thinness of a device makes it uncomfortable to hold. I haven't owned a 5th iPT, but the 4th gen was far less comfortable to hold than the iPhone, because it was so thin.
  23. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    I never used the ambient light sensor; totally useless as far as I'm concerned. I'm not convinced "it's too thin" is the real reason for removing it anyway...probably more like "most people wouldn't miss it, so let's ditch it and save a bit of build cost". However the current iPod touch is pretty much the ideal thickess right now; I don't think I'd want it any thinner since it would start feeling cheap/uncomfortable.

  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    The battery life on the iPhone 5 is lacking, I rather have a thicker iPhone with a true all day battery life. Also, my iPhone 5 is harder to pick up from a flat surface cause of its thinness compared to the iPhone 4.

    But I guess I can see it on the iPad. iPad is still uncomfortable to hold on while laying down.
    Wow look at me complaining about not being able to do something while laying down. #firstworldproblems
  25. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Although I'm not always one to buy into Apples obsession with thin & light, this time I do see a benefit. Especially since I travel so much, I'll be pre-ordering upon release.

    The other model I'm eager to buy is a retina equipped Mini to replace the low res mini I have now. I knew this one would be a huge compromise with its current display but I knew the size was ideal.


    I agree completely. A thicker phone with great battery life would be terrific. I don't get a full workday from mine without a Mophie Juice Pack. Thankfully I have that as a solution. But I shouldn't have to pay an extra $100 just because of Apples obsession & arrogance.

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