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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. 

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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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Thinner and lighter
By chris2618 on 8/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: Thinner and lighter
By quiksilvr on 8/12/2013 1:14:19 PM , Rating: 3
...You get a cramp holding thinner and lighter devices?

RE: Thinner and lighter
By JackBurton on 8/12/2013 1:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'd normally agree with you, but the iPad 4 could definitely benefit from being thinner and lighter. I have an iPad 4, and would love for it to weigh closer to the weight of my wife's mini.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By mrma on 8/12/2013 1:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of making it thinner and lighter, why don't you put a bigger battery. Charging all the mobile devices is a daily chore, nowadays.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By kmmatney on 8/12/2013 2:27:56 PM , Rating: 3
We go several days between charges on our iPads. The battery is already pretty huge, and unless youa re using it all the time, it doesn't need to be charged very often.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By Samus on 8/12/2013 11:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'd take any of these thinner/lighter devices over my Touchpad, which is unnecessarily thick. Seriously, Engadget took one apart, there's a 4mm air gap in the back cover.

The real advantage a film screen will offer is lighter weight and better durability. As they've said, the iPad 2/4 is already pretty thin and comfortable.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By ritualm on 8/12/2013 7:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
How big should the battery be, and would you be able to tolerate more weight and increased size? Also, you'll have to spend more time having the tablet leashed to its charger. The 2.8X cell in my SGS4 takes at least 6 hours to charge from empty at 2A.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By drewsup on 8/13/2013 9:17:06 AM , Rating: 2
why do you think it weighs as much as it does? it's not the screen, the insides are all battery. My Momo11 Speed is 200 g lighter than a comparable ipad, but i lose a bit on battery life because of this. it's a trade off i'm ok with, whether they can make a screen that is "that" much lighter and retain ipads great battery life remains to seen.

RE: Thinner and lighter
By tayb on 8/12/2013 4:26:49 PM , Rating: 3
You want things to be thicker and heavier? To help with your cramping while holding them...??


RE: Thinner and lighter
By ctodd on 8/12/2013 9:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
I would generally agree with you about devices that are too thin; however, once you add additional protection to the device, it is more than thick enough to hold. I just wish they would take the extra room and add a larger battery!

what technology Touch?
By RU482 on 8/13/2013 1:48:52 PM , Rating: 3
What technology of touchpanel are they talking about here? When I hear film, I think Resistive Touch. Traditionally the iPad has featured a Capacitive Touch. Just curious if this "film" is resistive, or something different. anyone know?

RE: what technology Touch?
By BillyBatson on 8/13/2013 8:29:36 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly how I read the article and responded below with the idea that film=resistance touch

By BillyBatson on 8/13/2013 8:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
Who needs their iPad thinner and lighter than it already is? Not sure about everyone else but I would never want a tablet that's say the thickness and weight of a single piece of paper, unless of course I was able to roll it up. Also aren't film based screens cheaper in quality? Won't it scratch much easier? I like having a glass display for touch it feels solid I don't like the "give" that film based screens offer.

By samuel1c.handel on 8/12/13, Rating: -1
RE: samuel1c.handel
By Shadowmaster625 on 8/12/2013 4:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
"as Judith replied" ... well arent you frickin clever...

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