Thinner and Lighter iPad Coming Next Year?

Apple's iPad 4

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Although Apple surprised consumers with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad, it was speculated that the company will quickly update its tablet with a thinner and lighter model next year.

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out that the company may feel pressured with the upcoming Surface tablet from Microsoft. Not to mention that the iPad 4 has the same weight and thickness as the previous model.

Though the iPad Mini is expected to be successful, we think launching the lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically.

If Microsoft’s Surface tablet can catch up with consumers and business, it could pose a risk to the iPad maker’s dominance in the “post-PC world.” Because of that, the analyst thinks that Apple will quickly redesign their device in the near future.

New Generation of iPads

In case the speculation will be true, it is expected that Apple will employ the GF DITO or GF2 Touchscreen Technology in its purported fifth-generation iPad. Together with power-efficient processors, the company will “dramatically lower the weight and thickness of the 9.7-inch iPad.”

The GF2 is already employed on the new iPad Mini, which helped the 7-inch tablet to be 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than its 9.7-inch cousin. On the other hand, the announcement of iPad 4 marked an uncharacteristically short product life cycle for its predecessor.

Carrying the same price as the third-generation iPad, the iPad 4 features the new A6X processor, which Apple says double its CPU and GPU speed. It also ditched the legacy 30-pin dock connector in favor of the new Lightning port. Obviously, the device was able to replace the previous model immediately, while the iPad 2 remains at $399 without a high-definition Retina Display.

In relation to this, it was reported that those who recently purchase a third-generation iPad can return their device in exchange for the new version. However, only certain Apple stores do this.

As reported by CNET last Tuesday, a number of third-generation iPad owners who recently bought their device—only to find out that it’s now obsolete—were able to find success in swapping their tablet for a new one.

The deal is only applicable to those who have bought their iPad 3 within the last 30 days, and it shouldn’t any signs of serious damage. In addition, those who bought their device within the last two weeks will have Apple’s usual guarantee. This shouldn’t pose any problem when exchanging their device.

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