The next-gen iPad will be a trimmer device all round, an influential analyst claims, after Apple added bulk for the last two iterations to the chagrin of tech fans who've grown used to ever-thinner gadgets.
Market intelligence from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which was sourced by Apple Insider, suggests that the iPad 5 will be 25 per cent lighter and 15 per cent thinner than the current-gen model.
According to Kuo, who forecasts a September due date for the handset, the smaller dimensions have been made possible by swapping the iPad’s standard touch tech for GF2 screen technology.
This is also less battery-intensive, in turn clearing the way for the iPad 5 to pack a less weighty battery, with KGI’s man forecasting a cell that’s up to 30 per cent smaller.
Separate reports suggest that Apple’s next full-sized slate will ape the look of the iPad mini, by incorporating a smaller bezel and repositioning the volume rocker and power output.
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