New iPad 5 in 2013 could be 20-30% lighter

By Posted 4 Jun 2013, 08:24

We have some more details on the upcoming iPad 5 to give you now, with Apple heavily expected to introduce a new generation of iPad models before the end of 2013 – including a successor to the popular iPad Mini. Earlier this month we heard that trial production on the iPad 5 was expected to begin during the Summer.

Now, fresh reports are emerging from Taiwan, with publication Digitimes once again offering their latest insight into potential sources within the supply chain. In a new article published, we now hear that the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will have a reduced weight by 20-30% and will feature a slimmer bezel to make way for a larger display area.

This echoes recent screen component leaks which showed how a thinner bezel may look on the iPad 5, but these alleged images were then actually mistaken as iPad Mini components – not a larger next-generation 9.7-inch model. With a 20-30% lighter iPad 5, consumers may be very interested in upgrading their older iPad, especially with iOS 7 on board and a potential upgrade to the rear camera sensor.

The information over at Digitimes also claims that the iPad 5 will be ready for shipping during the third quarter of 2013 and will be joined by the iPad Mini 2, which is apparently on course for a slightly later release during the 2013 Holiday season. It goes without saying though, that consumers will need to see a lot more from Apple than just ‘lighter’ products, with the focus seemingly now switching to whichever new tablets have the best hardware specs – gets the purchase as an end result.

If you have the iPad 4 or even the now-discontinued iPad 3 which a lot of consumers are still unhappy over, let us know what you would like to see from the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad. What else do you need on top of a lighter body?

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