According to industry sources, Apple plans to use thin-film touch technology on the iPad Mini, which is heavily rumored to be released later on this year.
The 7.85-inch iPad will reportedly feature the “G/F2” technology to help reduce the cost of the tablet, but also help make the smaller iPad thinner than its predecessors. The reason for its thin design is because it will have one less layer of film than the typical G/F/F (glass, film, film) structure, say the sources, as first reported by the DigiTimes.
When it’s all said and done, these sources say that Nitto will produce the thin-film material, while Nissha Printing and TPK will produce the actual touch screens themselves.
As per usual with any DigiTimes report, take it with a grain of salt. Despite the large number of rumors, which have been circulating since the original iPad launched in 2010, there is no confirmation Apple plans to make an iPad Mini.
That said, the iPad Mini is expected to make its debut sometime in the fall, according to Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes. According to Reitzes, the smaller iPad will launch with its focus most likely on the education market, where the prices of current tablets are too high. It will also take advantage of the textbooks features on iBooks.