It will make the iPad thinner and lighter

The next-generation iPad could have the same display technology as the iPad mini, making it thinner and lighter. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the next-generation iPad will use a film-based touch panel (like the iPad mini) instead of the glass-based touch panel that previous full-sized iPad generations used. 

The film-based touch panel technology will make the next iPad both thinner and lighter, which are great selling points for mobile technology that could help it compete with the emerging devices from Android and Microsoft. 

iPad 5 digitizer assembly

According to IDC, Apple is still the No. 1 tablet vendor by shipments accounting for 32.4 percent of the market. However, its share declined from 60.3 percent a year earlier.

Last month, The Wall Street Journal also reported that Apple is testing a larger, 13-inch iPad. Current and past generations of the iPad have all been 9.7 inches (except for the mini with a 7.9-inch screen). 

Apple is also planning its next-generation iPad mini, which is expected to feature retina display and even colorful back covers. 

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Mac Rumors

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