Another rumor has hit the street recently with regards to the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. According to KGI Securities ananlyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPad will be thinner and lighter, which we already knew, and take “significantly less time to charge” than the current model.
According to MacRumors, Kuo expects shipments of the new iPad to be ramping up in August or September. He also expects the tablet to be 15 percent thinner and 25 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad.
“We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15% thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25% lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4’s (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini’s.”
Kuo goes on to predict that Apple will use the same GF2 touch technology that the iPad mini uses. This will allow the iPad to have a thinner display and be significantly more efficient, which will bring down the overall power usage.
Because of the GF2 technology, Kuo believes that the new iPad will have a smaller, thinner battery with less cells. The new panel design should also extend the life of the battery and allow it to charge faster.
According to Kuo’s report, Apple is staying with Samsung through the A7 processor chip, which he says will take advantage of Samsung’s 28-nanometer process node. The move away from Samsung is not completely wrong. Kuo believes that Apple will begin working with TSMC for a20-nanometer A7 chip beginning in 2014.