Apple is expected to unveil its fifth-generation iPad sometime between now and the fall, and the refreshed tablet is all but sure to sport a similar 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel 246ppi display as its predecessor. A few small changes to the device are expected though, including iOS 7 out of the box, a slimmer bezel, and a lighter and thinner design thanks to new touch screen technology.
DigiTimes reports that the new iPad will feature a GF2 touch screen manufactured by Taiwanese supplier TPK and Foxconn subsidiary GIS. The new technology should allow Apple to produce a thinner and lighter tablet. However, DigiTimes and its sources don’t have the best track record when it comes to breaking news, so we’re still taking this report with a grain of salt.
The tech site also claims that Apple is still deciding what type of display to use for its new iPad Mini. While Sharp is offering Oxide TFT technology, both LG and Samsung are apparently pushing low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) screens. Based on numerous earlier reports, we don’t expect the second-generation iPad Mini to feature Retina Display due to supply shortages, though that could change.