Although many reports from digitime are not authentic but sometimes they predicted things that happened true. Recently digitime has reported that Apple will soon begin trial production of next generation thinner and lighter 9.7-inch iPad. The bulk production reportedly is scheduled for July with monthly shipments reaching 2-3 million units in September.
The touch panel solution for 5th-generation iPad is GF2 (1 layer of glass and two layers of ITO film) instead of G/G bonding used in 4th-generation iPad, the sources added. The new iPad will use one LED light bar for backlighting, compared to two LED light bars used in 4th-generation iPad, the sources noted. The 5th-generation iPad is estimated to be 25-33% lighter than the 4th-generation one, the sources indicated.
The supplier for iPad 5 panels include LG, Samsung, and Sharp.