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iPad 5 Rumored to Use Same G/F2 Touch Screen Structure as iPad Mini

Hot on the heels of the alleged iPad 5 back shell images shows Apple will literarily stretch the iPad mini into a bigger, 9.7-inch iPad. Digitimes dropped a bombshell by claiming the next-generation iPad will use the same G/F2 (DITO), thin-film technology currently used in the iPad mini.

The technology used by the iPad mini is responsible for the $329 price tag, but it also made the device thinner and lighter, as it eliminated the need for additional film layers. The G/F2 technology means electrodes are placed on the top and bottom of the ITO film, and then laminated onto the cover glass.

Apple's next generation 9.7-inch iPad will reportedly use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touch screen structure as the company's iPad mini in order to make the device thinner and lighter, according to industry sources.

The supply chain for Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be similar to the iPad mini's, with Japan-based Nitto expected to supply thin-film materials and Nissha Printing touch screen modules, noted the sources. Taiwan-based TPK will be responsible for the device's lamination while LG Display (LGD) and Sharp will provide panels, added the sources.

As the iPad mini design shows, the 0.44 mm provided by eliminating a film layer was enough for Apple to create a hot-selling device, but the company didn't disclose how many minis were sold.

There is one drawback though: The DITO technology was reported to have had production issues, though the sources cited by Digitimes say this technology is more advanced in terms of supply than the rumored OGS technology. Touch screen providers are now able to ship 5 million units per month throughout the year, while DITO technology production yields have been greatly improved.

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