Next iPad to Be Thinner & Lighter Due to iPad mini Display Tech

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iPad GF2 DITO Display

Apple will adopt the same display technology used in the iPad mini for its next generation full-sized iPad, sources speaking with DigiTimes claimed Thursday. The GF2 DITO display technology, first used by Apple in the iPad mini, will help the company make significant reductions to thickness and weight in the next round of iPad refreshes.

The current iPad display uses “G/G” technology, an older sibling to the new GF2 process. This technology is partly why the full-sized iPad is noticeably heavier than many competing full-sized tablets and even the two-year-old iPad 2.

The introduction of the Retina display in the third-generation iPad, and the necessary addition of a larger battery to accompany it, forced Apple to increase the thickness and weight of the product over that of its immediate predecessor. The fourth-generation iPad, released last fall, shares the same physical characteristics. In order to compete with thinner and lighter products, Apple is moving quickly to find ways to reduce the iPad’s size without compromising quality.

According to DigiTimes, the GF2 DITO process is one solution:

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.

The GF2 thin-film production process was reportedly a significant cause of iPad mini supply constraints. Now that production issues have been solved, however, sources claim that Apple will stick with the same supply chain as it moves to implement the technology in the full-sized iPad. This includes thin-film materials supplied by Japanese firm Nitto Denko, touch screen modules from Nissha Printing Co., and assembly by LG Display and Sharp.

Once production has ramped up, industry sources expect maximum production to reach four to five million units per month throughout the rest of 2013.

In addition to a new display technology, rumors and leaked photos suggest that the next generation iPad will share the same relative proportions as the iPad mini, with thin bezels on the sides and an overall narrower form factor.

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Comments

Lars Pallesen

GF2 DITO ... what? I was kinda hoping to see Apple (finally) implement Sharp’s IGZO display technology in the next full size iPad.

iJack

I’ve been wondering how and where to post this, and this is as good a place as any.  For the first time ever, I got my hands on an iPad mini today.  I think it’s brilliant, and I can’t think why Apple waited so long to introduce it.  I also can’t imagine the display getting any better.  I watched some streaming video, and it was as near-perfect as I can imagine any display could be.

Since it’s not a retina display (right?), maybe someone would kindly tell me what the benefit of a retina display is.

MJ Samanka

From a personal standpoint, the Retina MBP dramatically reduces eye strain.  I don’t have placebo controlled, double-blind clinical trials to back my own experience up.

However, i find that a 12 hour day on the 13” RMBP verses my older 17” MBP (quad core i7) produces virtually no eye fatigue. (Besides, Apple stopped making the 17” anyway—WHAT were we BOTH thinking - NOT!) MJ

wab95

iJack:

Also lacking any randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled and adequately powered clinical trials as did MJ above, having switched to RD on all of my devices, not only is the picture sharper, and thereby more aesthetically pleasing, it does reduce eye strain. Furthermore, you can increase screen real estate by choosing different display configurations, at least on the MBP. There is a suggested ‘Best for Retina Display’ default setting on the 15” MBP, which ate up too much screen real estate for my tastes, coming as I was from a 17” core i7 last gen MBP; and I was able to reclaim that same amount of display space, albeit with smaller print, by choosing the ‘More Space’ configuration.

My initial thought was that this might prove difficult over the long haul, but in fact, it remained easy to read and work from due to the enhanced resolution of the RD. I no longer miss the 17” MBP, nor have I purchased a larger screen, which I thought I might need to do if ever the 17” was discontinued.

Those are my observations.

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