iPad 5 to Use Same Touch Panel Technology as iPad Mini to Reduce Size

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's suppliers are preparing the next-generation iPad for mass production and will reportedly use the same touch panel technology as the iPad mini in order to make reductions in weight and size, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Earlier this month, a number of photos from a parts listing claimed to be of a genuine front panel and digitizer from the fifth-generation iPad, and followed the release of a video that also allegedly showed the front panel and back shell of the fifth-generation iPad for the first time.

    Both postings appeared to show a full-sized iPad that was notably reduced in size when compared to Apple's current generation iPad, and would fall in line with this new report. A number other rumors and leaks of parts and cases dating back many months have similarly indicated that the next-generation iPad will indeed be significantly smaller and thinner than the current design.

    Apple is expected to introduce the fifth-generation iPad as soon as next month, with an updated iPad mini rumored to be following fairly soon after.

    Article Link: iPad 5 to Use Same Touch Panel Technology as iPad Mini to Reduce Size
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2013
  3. macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    I think that was a fairly obvious decision.
    If the tech works (and it seem to work) why shouldn't you use it in your other products.
    If it is even cheaper to produce great.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    This is good news. All I want now is the iPad Mini with retina display
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    I wonder how much weight they'll shave off by moving to this "film-based" touch panel. A significantly lighter device could entice many current iPad owners to upgrade.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    please make the ipad thinner and lighter Apple.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2010
  8. macrumors member

    May 29, 2012

    Those bezels had to go. The iPad 2 design looks dated compared with the new mini
  9. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
    This won't be enough to reduce it much, in the end they need to use a smaller battery to reduce it and the only way to do that is to reduce the power consumption of the screen. Especially if they are decreasing the bezel size because that will create less room for battery as it is. Clearly they will be using a new screen tech as well, which will follow in the mini allowing them to use a retina display in the mini. Hopefully this doesn't mean they have to make the mini thicket and heavier as it did when they had to bulk up the ipad to give it a retina display.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008
    Even if a tiny fraction of an inch is taken off the glass the weight reduction is huge due to the large area of the iPad's surface.

    This combined with the smaller bezel will make for a much lighter product. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say a 30% reduction in weight which would bring it in at around 450g.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
    the ipad 2 design is better than the ipad 3/4 design. That thickness and heaviness they introduced really sucks
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Why not incorporate touch sensors into the screen like with the iPhone 5?
  13. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    That's likely coming in the future.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009

    Truly horrifying.
  15. macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2011
    And the big question is: Will it include the new fingerprint sensor? No rumors have been published about this :p .

    IDK, will they keep it an exclusive to the 5S?
  16. macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    They had better!

    The iPad mini is really a sweet size, and it makes the bezels of any device look horrendous.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    I bet it won't - the iPhone is more like an "authentication token" in that it's something you have with you all the time, while the iPad isn't. Of course they'll say that and then it'll be in the 6th gen iPad next year :)
  18. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008
    They should announce the iPad 5 as a non-retina device just to troll the people who don't stop going on about retina in the iPad Mini.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    None of this is that suprising at this point.

    Question is, will it be released alongside the iPhone in Sept, or at a separate event (along with the Macbook Pros and such) in Oct?
  20. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I'm guessing the latter just like last year.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    For reference...

    iPad 1 - 680g
    iPad 2 - 601g
    iPad 3 - 650g
    iPad 4 - 652g

    iPad Mini - 308g
  22. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Just wait, you'll sees bunch of complaints about how the iPad is to difficult to hold and the Nexus 7 with its wide bezels is much more comfortable in your hands.


    But wasn't that more out of necessity than choice. Unless you wanted to go another almost 2 years without a retina screen?
  23. macrumors 68000

    Apr 22, 2008

    I'm not so sure about that. You do however see lots of complaints by Nexus 7 owners on how the iPad Mini is difficult to hold.

    I'm not sure how they'd know, though. Weird..
  24. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Exactly why I've never upgraded from my iPad 1.

    I want all positives when upgrading, not any negatives. The weight of the iPad 3/4 and the charging times are worse than the iPad 1.

    Improve those both, and I'm excited to finally upgrade my 1.

    EDIT: Another poster wrote that the iPad 3/4 weight is actually LESS than the iPad 1. Odd. Doesn't feel that way when I hold them. Either way, it's heavier than the iPad 2, thus not everything is the 'best that you can get'. Charging time is still longer though.
  25. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
    so the new ipad will have touch screen? come on!!! it's 2013! touch screens are old :D

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