How do you make a tablet smaller without reducing the size of the screen? That’s the problem Apple has apparently solved with the iPad 5.
There have been a number of leaked images in recent months, and the latest of these comes from Macfixit, who claims to have a screen and digitizer replacement that will fit the iPad 5. An image of this can be seen at right.
The 9.7-inch screen on the full-size iPad has proved to be quite popular, so reducing its size would be contoversial at best. At the same time, the 7.9-inch iPad mini is reportedly outselling the 9.7-inch version two to one. Apple seems to be trying to reduce the overall footprint of the iPad without sacrificing screen real estate.
According too Macfixit:
- The display area is the same as the iPad Retina.
- The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.
- The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.
- There are now 2 connectors instead of 1.
- The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).
Previous unconfirmed reports indicate that the Apple iPad 5 will be released next month.