A new DigiTimes report claims Apple’s next 9.7-inch iPad will utilize G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touch screen technology, the same that’s currently used in the company’s iPad mini. Industry sources say Apple is attempting to do everything it can to make the bigger iPad an overall lighter device—it seems a new, thinner design coupled with a lighter screen will do just that.
Apple supposedly has the supply chain all locked up already, with Japan-based Nitto ready to supply the DITO technology. Nissha Printing is expected to supply touch screen modules, sources said. Other suppliers include Taiwan-based TPK and LG Display for other screen materials.
Not at all surprising that Apple would design its bigger iPad to be lighter. The device hasn’t changed all that much in terms of design—Retina display being the biggest exception—since the first iPad launched. It sounds like the next iteration will see a significant revamp, at least in the looks department, to better match the iPad mini.