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Apr 9, 2013 08:38 AM
Rumor pushes fifth-gen iPad production to July-August timeframe
Mass production of the fifth-generation iPad is only slated to start in a July-August window, say <em>DigiTimes</em> sources in Taiwan-based supply companies. The people add that the display is expected to be manufactured by Sharp and LG Display, while touch panel assembly will be done by TPK, and ITO thin film will come from Nitto Denko and Teijin. Some earlier rumors had an iPad announcement taking place as soon as this month.<br /><br />The <em>DigiTimes</em> sources <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282915==http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130409PD212.html" rel='nofollow'>repeat</a> views that the fifth-gen tablet will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and moreover use a slimmer bezel, similar to the one on the iPad mini. The fourth-gen iPad was little different than the third-gen model, mainly gaining a faster processor, a Lightning connector, and broader cellular support. It was also released just months later, whereas it now appears that the fifth-gen device may resume Apple's normal annual update cycle.
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