Taiwan’s supply chain claim that the, trial production of Apple’s fifth generation 9.7 inch iPad will begin soon and sooner production will begin in July with monthly shipments ramping up to 2-3 million in September.
According to sources
The display of the new iPad is 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device, the sources said, adding the new table will have a narrow bezel.
The touch panel solution for 5th-generation iPad is GF2 (1 layer of glass and two layers of ITO film) instead of G/G bonding used in 4th-generation iPad.
The new iPad will use one LED light bar for backlighting, compared to two LED light bars used in 4th-generation iPad.
The 5th-generation iPad is estimated to be 25-33% lighter than the 4th-generation one.
LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp are expected to be the suppliers of display panels for the 5th-generation iPad, while Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology will undertake SMT for the LED light bars, Radiant Opto-Electronics and Coretronic will be responsible for making the backlight units and TPK Holding for touch panel bonding.
Recent leaks show that iPad5 (fifth generation iPad) will adopt iPad mini’s design which means we see a narrower screen border.