Digitimes’ sources have some inside info regarding the iPad 5 and they claim that the device will adopt the same display technology as the iPad Mini. Supposedly the new 9.7 inch new iPad will use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin film type touch screen structure as the iPad Mini, making the slate thinner and lighter.
The current 9.7 inch iPad uses a G/G touchscreen structure, that is supposed to be superior to the competition’s One Glass Solution technology. The supply chain for Apple’s upcoming tablet will be the same as iPad Mini’s. For example, the Japanese company Nitto will provide the thin film materials, while Nissha Printing will provide the touchscreen modules. Taiwanese company TPK will handle the device’s lamination and LG display and Sharp will provide the panels.
Upstream touch screen providers are supposed to provide 4-5 million units a month during the entire 2013, while DITO technology production yields will have to be improved, according to sources. We have heard numerous times that the iPad 5 will be iPad Mini inspired as far as design goes, so I can’t say I’m puzzled by the technology they have in common.