After months of leaked product parts, the Wall Street Journal weighs in today on Apple’s next generation iPad, citing sources who say the iPad 5 will be as thin as the iPad mini. The effort to shift to a thinner product will be helped by changing the touch panel from glass to film-based. Previous rumored display parts have also shown a major reduction in the size of the left and right bezels. In looking at the image below, the current generation iPad 4 has a chunky bezel as compared to the iPad mini.
So why has Apple opted for glass in the past. According to WSJ, film-based touch panels have been at a technical disadvantage, something which has been overcome. Advantages of film have alway been that it is lighter and thinner, both of which would be a boon to the iPad.
There is a large contingent of consumers who are clamoring for a retina display iPad mini. The latest rumors seem to favor a spec bump when the iPad mini 2 is released, but a retina display might not be in the cards. The larger, full-sized iPad could fill the need of those people, albeit with a larger display. If Apple is able to ship a larger, thinner and lighter retina display iPad, it could bring a renewed interest in the big iPad.
Are you holding out for a retina display iPad mini? If the iPad 5 gets the thin treatment, would check all the boxes for what you need in a tablet?