Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad 5 is predicted to be a lot smaller in weight than the current iPad. Ming Chi-Kuo, analyst for KGI Securities, recently shared a note that highlights expectations for the upcoming iPad, “We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15 percent thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25 percent lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4’s (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini’s.”
Chi-Kuo’s size prediction matches previous reports that the iPad will have a 2mm reduction in size. He also predicts the next generation of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablets will arrive sometime between August and September.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may also use GF2 technology, the same technology that was found in the iPad Mini. This would enable them to create a thinner display for the same technology. Chi-Kuo added, “We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30 percent smaller, at 8,500-9,000omm than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20 percent smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.”
Despite Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s desire to avoid anything Samsung related, it’s likely that they may stick with the South Korean tech giant for the A7X chip. There have been rumors that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would tap Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company(TSMC) to take over the creation of their A-series chip. Kuo thinks that transition will happen sometime next year.
The iPad is the most popular tablet computer on the market and it also happens to be a huge seller for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). It also a device that’s always evolving. Every year Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduces a new tablet that’s faster, thinner, and more revolutionary. This means that this report could hold some real possibilities.