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iPad 5 Will Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current-Gen Model

About two days ago, we have brought into your attention a report regarding a leaked case mold for the upcoming fifth generation iPad. The case mold suggests that the iPad 5 will feature an even thinner form factor due to narrower bezels similar to the iPad mini. Now another report surfaces that adds credence to the possibility that the iPad 5 will be an even more thinner and lighter beast.

iPad 5 Concept

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has a fairly good track record when it comes to information regarding the Cupertino outfit's product plans. Just recently Kuo published a new research note describing his predictions for Apple's fifth-gen tablet. He expects that Apple will ramp up production and shipments by August to September. However, the most interesting information Kuo outlined is that the iPad 5 will be about 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current-gen model.

We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15% thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25% 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.

Kuo also expects that Apple will utilize the same GF2 touch technology we now see on the iPad mini. This paves the way for an even thinner display. Additionally, Apple is also looking to lower power consumption through efficient display and chip technologies, enabling them to use a smaller and thinner battery.

We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30% smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.

Kuo added that the A7X chip that will power the new iPad will be produced by Samsung's 28nm process node. This essentially contradicts an early report that Apple will be firing Samsung in favor of TSMC. Kuo says that transition is bound to happen, although not right now. [via MacRumors]

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