We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the next generation iPad. Some say it’ll be launched in March, others say it will be in Fall. What can’t be argued (and hasn’t been thus far) is that we do need to see a design update in the 9.7″ Retina-equipped lineup. The consensus right now is that it will borrow heavily from the iPad mini’s design; slim bezels and a flat aluminum back with rounded edges. But, if it is to feature a slimmer and lighter design, Apple needs to figure away to reduce the bulk of key components such as the battery and/or screen.
We’ve already read that there’s a possibility that Apple could be planning a move towards Sharp’s IGZO technology. Which is not only thin, but incredibly efficient, meaning it’ll need much less battery juice to keep the device running for 10 hours. Another option, according to DigiTimes‘ somewhat hit-and-miss sources is the “G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type” touchscreen currently residing in the iPad mini . Using this type of screen will cut out one layer of glass, saving valuable fractions of millimeters.
With the 4th gen having just the right balance of screen resolution, power and connectivity, the one thing it really needs in order to stand a chance against the eventual (presumed) Retina-equipped iPad mini is a tummy tuck. The “iPad with Retina” is far too big now, and I’m guessing Apple’s designers already know that. As we all know, Apple prides itself on making everything as thin and light as possible.