iPad Why is the iPad 4 still fat with the lightning cable?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by wesk702, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    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.
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Retina and battery. That's also why the Mini is so thin.
  3. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    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.
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  5. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    The iPhone is smaller than the iPad.

    Space for circuits, battery, etc is at more of a premium.
  6. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    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.
  7. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    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.
  8. BarryL macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2012
    Maybe they wanted all their products on lightning?
  9. abstern macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington, DC
    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.
  10. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    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.

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