KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today issued a new research note summarizing his thoughts on the Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects the company to strengthen the mass production and shipments of iPad 5 between August-September.
On specs front, he claimed the iPad 5 to be 15% thinner (7.5-8.0 mm thickness) and 25% lighter (about 500 grams in weight) than the current iPad 4 leaving the new device with a sleeker, much more appealing design. The current full size iPad is 9.5 mm in thickness.
The iPad 5 will be powered by A7X processor and will pack similar camera module as available on the iPad 4’s – front HD and rear with 5 megapixels. The next generation tablet is expected to retail in two classic colors – silver and black but with narrow bezel design. Concisely, the external design will resemble with that of iPad mini. A pair of iPad 5 photos were leaked recently reinforcing the notion that the next generation iPad will inherit design elements from its miniature iPad mini tablet.
Kuo expects Apple to adopt the same ”GF DITO” (or GF2) touchscreen technology used in iPad mini. The switch will allow the iPad 5 to be not only thinner but significantly lighter. The research claims that the company will use more efficient display and chip technologies, in an effort to deliver an ultra-slim iPad 5. The claim falls in line with the NPD DisplaySearch note that the iPad 5 could adopt redesigned LED backlight system in order to shave off a few millimeters from iPad 4.
Analyst believes that iPad 5′s battery thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three resulting in the reduced capacity. Kuo expects iPad 5 capacity to be reduced by 25-30%, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4′s.
At the end of his research note, Kuo believes that Apple’s A7X processor will still be manufactured by the Korean giant ‘Samsung’. There have been reports that Apple will be shifting its A-series chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), with a trial production set for the first quarter of this year. But now, it appears that the transition might take few more months, and A7 chips, manufactured by TSMC using 20-nanometer process will not begin production until early 2014.
The picture is still hazy about the possible iPad 5 release date. Many industry experts believe that Apple will retail the new tablet in August-September timeframe. iLounge editor-in-chief Jeremy Horwitz, even boasted to have seen the new iPad 5 in real, and claimed that the fifth-gen iPad would not go on sale until the first half of October 2013 and will become available to consumers in late October.