Rumors regarding the 5th generation iPad are heating up now as we approach the month of March, traditionally the time that Apple unveils a new iPad. This 5th-gen iPad is expected to be much thinner and lighter than its predecessor, taking on design cues from the iPad mini. While the iPad mini is seen as the less useful device, it now looks like the full size iPad will be using iPad mini tech to become a much thinner tablet.
According to Digitimes, the 5th-gen iPad will use the same thin-film touchscreen as the iPad mini, allowing for a much improved form factor.
Apple’s current 9.7-inch iPad models use a G/G touch screen structure. The sources said Apple’s move to use DITO technology shows the company is looking to bump up its competition in the tablet segment and that it has more adequate supply to the technology compared to one-glass-solution (OGS) technology.
This technology should enable the iPad to become much thinner, almost mimicking the form factor of the iPad mini, with chamfered edges and either a white/silver or black/slate color scheme.