Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next upgrade for the 9.7-inch iPad will see the tablet becoming thinner and lighter through the use of new touchscreen technology. This assertion was made by Taiwanese supply source publication DigiTimes, which is known to have a hit-and-miss record with its predictions.
But the report suggests the use of G/F2 thin-film touchscreen technology, which is currently already being used in the iPad mini. The G/F2 touchscreens make for thinner and lighter displays than those on the fourth-generation iPad, which used the glass-on-glass touchscreen assembly. The suggestion that Apple will extend the use of these new screens to the larger iPad also suggests that their supply issues — which had apparently resulted in the iPad mini seeing a supply constraint as well — have been resolved.
According to DigiTimes, Apple has recruited Japan’s Nitto for thin-film materials, Nissha Printing for touchscreen modules, Taiwan’s TPK for lamination, and LG Display (NYSE:LPL) and Sharp for display panels.
As Apple Insider pointed out, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also written last year that Apple was likely to switch to the G/F2 technology for the next iPad. According to Kuo, such a move would “dramatically lower the weight and thickness” of the 9.7-inch iPad.
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