In addition to using an iPad mini-like design for its next generation full-size iPad, Apple will also use the same touch panel technology for a lighter and thinner device overall. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, screens are already being made by Asian suppliers for the larger tab, which will use film-based tech rather than glass-based. People close to Apple’s plans said the success of the company’s iPad mini is responsible for the change.
Manufacturers in the past shied away from using film-based touch panels because of technical disadvantages, but the technology has evolved and is therefore becoming a more attractive option. We already had a pretty solid idea Apple was adhering to an iPad mini design for its larger iPad lineup, but we had no idea it would go so deep. Leaked pictures suggest the larger iPad’s frame was already shrinking significantly, and it sounds like it’ll be much thinner and lighter when all is said and done.
Even with manufacturing allegedly underway, it’s still unclear when Apple will introduce its redesigned iPad, or even a second generation iPad mini. The company is said to have an event planned for Sept. 10, less than a month away, but that announcement is expected to focus solely on Apple’s upcoming iPhone(s). August has already been rife with Apple rumors—tis’ the season—so I’d wager we’ll hear plenty more soon.