Trial Production of 5th-Generation iPad To Begin Ramping Up Soon

Digitimes’ Max Wang and Adam Hwang report that trial production of Apple’s 5th-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin soon with volume production to begin in July, and monthly shipments ramping up to 2-3 million units with product hitting Apple Store and reseller shelves in September, according to Taiwan supply chain insider sources.

Wang and Hwang say that the new iPad’s Retina display will remain at 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, the same as the screen used in the 4th-generation model, except that latest iteration will be is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one used in the 4th-generation device, plus the iPad 5’s enclosure will have a narrow bezel a la the iPad mini’s.

They further note that the touch panel solution for 5th-generation iPad is GF2 (1 layer of glass and two layers of ITO film) instead of the G/G bonding used in the 4th-generation iPad, according to sources, and will be illumined by one LED light bar for backlighting, compared to the two LED light bars used in the 4th-generation iPad.

The 5th-generation iPad is also expected to be 25-33% lighter than the 4th-generation model.

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