Leaked next-gen iPad pics suggest weight-loss continues
Images appear to show bonded display unit, allowing further slimming of flagship tablet
Leaked photos of a gadget claimed to be the next Apple iPad appear to show a bonded LCD display, which would allow either a thinner next-gen model or a larger battery, according to a report from UK-based tech site The Register.
The current iPad is a willowy 7.5mm thick, but photos acquired from a Chinese source by Dutch site One More Thing suggest that the LCD display and front glass panel, which are separate entities in the iPad Air, may have been fused together for the next-generation tablet, which is expected to hit the market by November.
The market-defining iPad launched in April 2010 was a chunky 13.4mm and the Wi-Fi-only version weighed a hefty 680g. Apple has dedicated itself to slimming down subsequent models and the fifth-gen iPad Air weighs under 470g. Shrinking dimensions further would be difficult without merging the display components as described.
If the images are genuine it would indicate that Apple is not concerned about the need for repairs, which would be difficult if the display was bonded to the glass panel.
Updated versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina are thought to include a new A8 mobile processor and enhanced TouchID features.