Though Apple fans were surprised by the announcement of the iPad 4 during Apple's October 2012 event, one expert soon predicted that the company would turn around and release a thinner, lighter iPad 5 in early 2013.
Given the massive success of iPad Mini, it is reasonable to assume that the next generation iPad might also borrow a few design queues from the younger kin. Earlier rumors and speculations also point to the same. But, technically, how can the Cupertino tech titan make the iPad 5 as thin and light as the iPad Mini?
Digitimes has the clue on this as a recent report citing inside sources clams that iPad 5 will use the same thin film touchscreen display panel as in iPad Mini. The report suggests that the next generation iPad with 9.7 inch display will use the G/F2 thin film type touchscreen structure, which helps to make it 23% thinner and 53% lighter than the iPad 4.
Thin-film touch panel suppliers for Apple are expected to see a large increase in orders from the company in 3Q13 in preparation for the release of Apple's next-generation iPad, Many analysts speculate that Apple will ship the device sometime in June or July. If Apple does not receive the thin-film panels before that, it is highly unlikely that the new iPad will ship during the third quarter.
In the past, GF2 DITO tech has caused supply constraint problems for Apple in regards to the iPad mini, however, according to the report, these supply issues have now been resolves.