All iPads Who else is waiting for 9.7" iPad with thinner bezel?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by raptorstv, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I certainly do.... The current regular ipad is too heavy to lug around, whereas the ipad mini compromises too much on its screen size
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2012
    I agree. The only thing that has stopped me from upgrading from my iPad 2 is the weight/thickness of the newer iPads. I like the Mini, but with specs identical to my iPad 2 makes it seem kind of pointless for me to fork out another $500+. When the new iPads are released I'm hoping the Mini will have retina and the big brother will be lighter/thinner, then I will make the upgrade based on my needs.
  3. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2012

    Better jump on the wagon now. 12-21-2012 is supposed to be the last day on earth.......:D
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Refund them on the 22nd if it turns out not to be the case lol
  5. macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    The bezel doesn't have much to do with the weight. It's the thickness packed with all that battery. I'd love to have a lighter large iPad as well. I like mini but find it's still a wee bit too small for tablet apps.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    yeah, after seeing what apple can do with the ipad mini, i'm hoping the next full size one will have thinner bezels too.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    It won't happen until they integrate IGZO displays. With less power consumption, Apple should be able to use smaller batteries leading to less weight.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    I actually prefer the larger gives me somewhere to hold. Sure the iPad could lose a bit of weight but I still went for the iPad 4, it's a powerhouse! Thinner, lighter meh :/ From the front it will still look the same, gorgeous screen and all...
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    I agree with you on the bezel size. Considering that the full-size iPad is meant to be held with two hands more often, it would mean that the current bezel is a better option.

    But considering that iPhone 5, iPad mini both utilized thinner bezels, I wouldn't be surprised to see a slightly thinner bezel, but not overly thinner.

    as for the iPad being thin, I don't think we should anything more than 15% thinner. Making it too thin also would affect the heat dissipation. As it is, currently the iPad 4th generation hits temperature around 35C -39C. IGZO & MEMS technology could reduce the power consumption, and reduce the requirement of dual LED backlight to a single LED backlight. As somebody already pointed out, the battery size should come down, thereby reducing the weight. The approach would depend on Apple's plan of just retaining the 10-12 hour, or using the a slightly reduced battery size, and showing a massive improvement in the battery life.

    I am hoping for a weight reduction of around 40%, which should bring the weight around 392g from 652g. Anything more would be a bonus.

    As for the LTE models, I think they may switch into Qualcomm Gobi MDM9625, which should make it truly LTE friendly.

    Can't wait for the launch in mid-2013.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I hope ure right with 40% lighter dude!
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2010
    Next ipad needs to weigh in at just under a pound with a bezel design similar to the mini. I was at the ipad store today, and ipad 4 looks about as current as a plastic candy apple imac. Mini getting all the attention.
  12. macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Yep, thinner bezels will really drop the iPad weight. :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I very much doubt that the bezel will get thinner soon. They've had plenty of opportunity to do so since the iPad first came out, and it has stayed the same while much of the rest of the design was tweaked and changed.

    They could definitely make it a lot lighter as battery and screen tech improves while keeping the bezel the same. I think that would make it a lot easier to hold and use.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    116th & Broadway
    The iPad 2's design has been used for the 3 and the 4. It's about time they release a complete redesign, and that's what I'll be getting.

    All of Apple's product lineup has been losing weight and getting smaller and thinner over time. It's time for the iPad to follow suit.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    392 gram looks unlikely at this point. I'd say, at best, 500 grams.


    Uh, yeah. It would. Arguably, the glass and the aluminum are the heaviest components of an iPad, probably followed by the battery and magnets.

    Drastically reduce the bezels would you allow to get rid of a lot of heavy glass - and aluminum.

    Combine this with an IGZO display which results in 50% less LED bars and a much lower power consumption (thus a much smaller, and lighter, battery) and we could definitely break through the iPad 2's weight of 601 g.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    Umm,,,no, a thinner bezel will make it easier to hold and use. The Mini is a test to see how the form is received by consumers. The next iPad will follow suit. IZGO will be the thing to make this happen- smaller thinner battery, thinner bezels, current Mini backing.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    What does IGZO have to do with a thinner bezel on the iPad? The iPad's bezel isn't there for technical reasons, it's a design decision.

    If it changes it will be because Apple rethought that decision.
  18. daywiz, Dec 8, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    500g isnt a groundbreaking figure. a reduction of only around 152g or around 24% based on the current weight seems to be too little. the mini got a 53% reduction. agreed that it doesnt hve the retina and the corresponding battery size but defintely it shld shave more than jz 150g. Like u pointd out..Igzo shld help reduce the battery size and the led backlights...tht shld mean a sufficient drop. add to that the new gf ditto production or in-cell tech ..and a thinner enclosure..all of which shld see a good weight drop. the ipad 2after adding retina nd bigger battery gained 52g..but the mini version with similar specs nd 1.8" less screen weighed 320g with d same tech. this is y i feel is possible to push it around 400g..even though its jz a wish to get around 40%..but even 420g wld b gud enuf..lets keep fingers crossed
  19. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I, for one, don't want the bezel size to change. I have the mini, and when reading ebooks in portrait, I find that the pages will often flip because I inadvertently touch the edge of the screen. Yes, the smart detection that's supposed to reject inadvertent touches sometimes works, but again, sometimes it doesn't.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    The Ipad does get a bit weighty after extended use. You can't do much with the glass without sacrificing durability. If they can reduce the chip count and get lower power consumption, the battery size and much of the weight could be reduced.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    I think you are really thinking about this in the wrong way.

    If they started to use IGZO displays, and thus 50% less LEDs and a smaller battery, you'd again reach about the weight of an iPad 2. (The bigger battery + more LEDs were added with the iPad 3). So than we would be at 600 grams.

    To shave of another 100 grams is quite difficult. The best way I can imagine to shave lots of weight of is by removing the magnets (for the smart covers), but it appears as if those smart covers sell extremely well so they won't do that.

    In-cell-tech will not remove much weight at all. Very little in fact. It's like removing a hair from your head.

    Also, let's not forget that they also need to add something new. They won't just give it a redesign and that's it.

    Huge mistake here. 1.8" less of screen diagonal is not equal to 1.8 cubic inch less.

    Arguably, the glass and the aluminium back are the heaviest components. The iPad mini has a surface of 269 cubic centimeters. The 9.7" iPad has a surface of 448 cubic centimetres. This means the iPad mini carries about a third less glass! And that also means a lot of aluminium is gone.

    To go anywhere below 500 grams is tough if you want to continue to use glass and aluminium.

    Those things you say: smaller battery, 50% less LEDs, IGZO display, etc. will bring us back around the 600 gram mark. They key is to use as little glass and aluminium as possible.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Would people choose a 9.7" retina screen if it was lighter and thinner over the mini with lower specs? I wonder.
    The extra screen real estate is nice- but it still will not fit in a coat pocket.
    I use the 9.7 retina at home and the mini on the go.

    A retina mini would be perfect- but if we don't get one- I would go back to carrying around a lighter thinner 9.7" and ditch the mini.
  23. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I hope not. My thumb would cover up too much of the screen when held one handed. Small bezel on the mini makes sense, but not on the full iPad.
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    as long as it doesn't compromise the battery, i am all for it.
  25. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ok lets not use glass, aluminum, and thick bezel then

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